Congratulations to Richard Laughton, who won handily for moderator.
All the ballot questions passed, so the teachers get their contract, Moharimet gets a new cafeteria and the district gets its $39.3M budget.
The tuitioning plan passed in both Oyster River and Barrington by large margins, so that agreement is now in effect. Congratulations to the boards and administrations in both districts that worked hard to make this a reality.
Newmarket voted down the new high school.
Scott Bugbee ran a great race in Lee, and beat out incumbent John LaCourse for selectman. The Lee Library fund got its next $100,000 of funding by a squeaker of 359 - 348.
A great big thanks to David Taylor, who very kindly sent us the election returns (any errors in the percentages are my own):
Total ballots: 1,588
Article 1: Moderator
Richard Laughton 1,290
Article 2: Two at-large school board seats
Sarah Farwell 1,027 65% (of 1,588 ballots)
Denise Day 901 58%
Michael Williams 597 38%
Article 3: Teacher Contract
Yes 1,066 69%
No 482 31%
Article 4: Moharimet Cafeteria
Yes 1,107 71%
No 448 29%
Article 5: Transfer from Capital Reserve Fund
Yes 1,070 71%
No 434 29%
Article 6: 10 year Tuitioning Agreement with Barrington (passed in Barrington too, so it's on.)
Yes 1,291 84%
No 244 16%
Article 7: $39.3M Budget
Yes 989 66%
No 512 34%
All in all, an impressive show of support for the current board and administration. I'm pleasantly surprised the voters went so overwhelmingly for a Moharimet cafeteria.
I want to thank all the candidates for running. They were all talented and good-intentioned, and I think the community would have been well-served whoever was elected. I think we can all be proud of this election, which maintained an positive tone throughout. I hope I can support Michael Williams sometime in the future, though next year might be tough as the three town-specific seats are up, so Mr. Williams faces a tough race against incumbent Al Howland for the Durham seat, should they both choose to run again.
I especially want to thank Denise Day and Sarah Farwell for running a great race. Even though they were nominally in competition for the same seats, they worked very well together as a team, which bodes well for the board. I am so grateful I got to work with them and know them better this election season. Thanks to everyone who helped Denise and Sarah out sending emails and facebook posts, placing signs, working the polls, hosting or attending meet and greets and all the rest.
Finally, I want to also again thank outgoing board members Megan Turnbull and Ann Lane for their service. It's no secret I haven't always agreed with them, especially in the bad old days two or three years ago. But I have watched them at meetings for the last three years and I have no doubt that they have always worked very hard as board members for our kids and really for all of us. I wish them well in their future endeavors. I hope and suspect we haven't heard the last of Megan and Ann.
Despite an early morning snowstorm, it was great weather for being outside at the polls. Here are some pictures. Click on any to enlarge.
|Candidate Denise Day with Jean and Annie in Lee|
|Candidate Sarah Farwell in Durham|
|Sarah and Sarah|
|A peek through the door at a light day at the Durham polls|
|Board Member Al Howland and newly-elected |
Durham Library Trustee Diane Thompson
|View from the road in Lee|