Not many surprises in North Country elections
Tuesday was a good day for incumbent selectmen along the Interstate 93 corridor in the White Mountains, as several town officials retained their seats in lop-sided contests.
Littleton selectmen Marghie Seymour ran unopposed, and most of the warrant articles passed. Townspeople agreed with the selectmen's 2013 operating budget of $$7,766,766, and overwhelmingly gave the go ahead to the town for a lease with the Mount Eustis Ski Hill Group. The group is working to get the former ski hill up and running, an effort supported by resident with a 934 to 111 vote.
Not so fortunate was the town employee union, whose contract was very narrowly defeated, 515-516. A new contract with the police union was approved.
Down on the other side of Franconia Notch in Woodstock, longtime selectmen James Fadden, Jr. easily beat challenger Theodore Russell Sr. by 52 votes.
The opposite was true in two towns along the Route 16 corridor through Mount Washington Valley. In Jackson, incumbent Jerry Dougherty IV lost his bid for re-election against write-in candidate Bill Lockard. Dougherty was the subject of a very public drumming after the board of selectmen dismissed the town's administrative assistant. Dougherty lost by 29 votes.
In Albany, incumbent selectman Joe Ferris lost by a handful of votes to Kelly Robitaille.
Up Route 16 on the northern side of Pinkham Notch in Gorham, former selectman Glen Eastman was unsuccessful in his attempt to get back on the board. Eastman, who is in his late 80s, was defeated by Jeff Schall, who is the chairman of the town's budget committee but has not previously served as a selectman.
In Sugar Hill votes didn't even have to be counted in order to find out who won. All of those who signed up for a new term in town office positions ran unopposed.
For the most part that was true on the other side of the mountains in Madison, where incumbent Michael Brooks ran unopposed.
Voters there were also satisfied with the school district's operating budget of $5,601,23, which was approved on a 293 to 54 vote.