Great Barrington's town elections took place yesterday. The only contested race on the ballot consisted of three town residents competing for a pair of open seats on the Selectboard.

The candidates selected to Select Board included Garfield Reed with 619 votes and Eric Gabriel with 649. Incumbent Kate Burke was seeking a third term but fell shy with 599 votes. There were 295 blanks and 10 write-ins.

Residents were also asked to vote on one ballot question which was the following:

Shall the Town of Great Barrington be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition Two & One-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay the cost of building improvements to the Police Station and the construction of public restrooms; and for the payment of all other costs incidental and related thereto. 

The ballot question passed as 598 residents voted yes while 353 voted no. There were 145 blanks.

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In the unopposed races:

  • Michael Owen Wise resumes as Moderator (835 votes)
  • Peter Stanton resumes his role on Board of Health (790 votes)
  • Both Buddy Atwood (698 votes) and John Broderick Jr. (734 votes) continue on in their Constable roles.
  • G. Patrick Hollenbeck resumes as Library Trustee (760 votes)
  • Pedro Pachano stays on the Planning Board (743 votes)
  • Both Stephen McAllister (734 votes) and Madonna Meagher (719 votes) resume their Zoning Board of Appeals roles.
  • Mary Akers resumes her role for Housing Authority (1 for 2 years) with 764 votes
  • John Grognan remains in his Housing Authority role (1 for 4 years) with 758 votes.

There was a total of 6,645 registered voters. Out of those 1,086 voted which means 16.8% voted in Tuesday's town election.

(Note: These are the unofficial results)

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