Southampton voters elect new clerk, water commissioner

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Southampton Assessor’s clerk Janine Domina will be sworn in as Southampton’s first new Town Clerk in 26 years Tuesday, after winning Monday’s four-way race to replace retiring Town Clerk Eileen Couture.

Domina was the clear winner with 388 votes, according to Couture, whose last official act as Town Clerk will be to verify Monday’s Election results.  Couture is retiring after 26 years.

“I’m going to miss the residents,” Couture told 22News, “They were nice. If they weren’t nice, I’d give them a piece of candy and tell them to sweeten up.  I had a good 26 years.”

The other three candidates’ vote totals were: Joseph Puc with 199 votes, Robin Richard with 181 votes and Joanne Alderman with 150.

Donna Whiteley won re-election as the Southampton treasurer/collector with 588 votes. Challenger Derek Geser garnered 330 votes.

James Walunas will be Southampton’s new Water Commissioner. Walunas accumulated a total of 522 votes, beating incumbent Water Commissioner Edward Cauley who had 358 votes.

Couture told 22News 934 of the Southampton’s 4,100 registered voters cast ballots Monday.  That puts voter turnout at a little less than 23%.

Outgoing Town Clerk Eileen Couture told 22Newss her last official day is Tuesday but that she would be available to help the new clerk with the transition.

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