Greeting voters at the Bedford polls are, from left, Free Staters Matt Philips, a candidate for town council, and Aaron Day, candidate for school board. Also, town moderator candidate Barbara Chagnon, with her husband of 37 years, Don, and their granddaughter, Sierra Chagnon-French; and town council candidate Jim Aguiar. (Susan Clark Photo)
Voter turnout is low but steady in Bedford
BEDFORD – About 30 voters waited in line for Bedford polls to open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, said Town Clerk Lori Radke, who is seeking reelection.
By 9 a.m., about 450 ballots had been cast.
Voters are being asked to elect several candidates for town and school district seats, and to approve a $64 million school budget, teacher and support staff contracts, a $4 million fire substation bond and a $30 million road bond.
Two races involve Fee Staters – Matt Philips, who has lived in town for five months, and Aaron Day, who has been a resident since 2009.
Philips is challenging long-time Councilor Chris Bandazian, and candidates David Coles and Jim Aguiar for two council seats. Day is running against School Board incumbent Bill Foote and candidates Bill Kassler and Jen D'Angelis for two seats.
Town Clerk Radke, who has been in office since 2008, is being challenged by candidates Courtney Hodgdon and Diane O'Neil.