PALMER-MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Palmer and Monson went to the polls Monday to vote in town elections. 22News is working for you with the results of the contested races:
Bold text denotes winner, asterisk denotes incumbent
Town Councilor at Large
- Robert B. Lavoie* – 198
- Donald J. Blais, Jr. – 134
- George A. Richardson – 55
- Trevor S. Eliason – 49
- John Morrell* – 483
- Jeremy Foisy – 178
In Palmer, incumbents Kathleen Burns and Thomas Skowyra were uncontested for re-election to the planning board. There were also two candidates who ran uncontested for seats on the School Committee: Bonny Rathbone was elected to the committee, while incumbent Lisa Murray was re-elected. Michelle Sikes was elected unopposed to represent District 1 on the Town Council, replacing incumbent Philip Hebert, who did not seek re-election. Councilors in the town’s three other districts were not up for re-election this year.
In Monson, aside from the selectman’s race, all other races were uncontested.
John Morrell also serves as the town’s highway surveyor, which is an elected position. He has held that job for more then 35 years, and says that the town benefits from having a selectman that also heads the highway department
“Doing that, I got very familiar with everybody’s budget and that carries over being a board of selectmen member, where those other budgets come before me and the other members of the board,” Morrell said.
The heat wave may have contributed to the record low voter turnout in nearby Palmer Tuesday. Only five percent of the electorate there went to the polls. In Monson, the turnout was a bit higher, at 11 percent.