Merrimack town council members retain their seats
Councilor Finlay Rothhaus obtained the highest amount of votes with 1,205, while Bill Boyd received 1,110 votes. Their opponent, state Rep. Lenette Peterson, garnered 908 votes.
The three town council candidates seeking two spots on the board stood outside of the polls in the rain on Tuesday shaking hands and speaking with constituents.
“This is my first time running for reelection, so it is an exciting moment to hopefully receive voter affirmation that I am doing a good job,” said Boyd.
“You never know what will happen, but I am hoping it will be in my favor,” Rothhaus said around noontime.
“Although this would be a different position, I would still be working for the same people,” said Peterson. “My focus would stay in Merrimack.”
Although the majority of voters supported a proposal for a new $3.3 million highway garage with a vote of 1,093-808, it was still not enough support for approval. A super majority vote was necessary — or 1,268 votes — for the proposed bond to be authorized.
On the school ballot, Guagliumi obtained 881 votes to incumbent Markwell’s 820 votes.
“I believe that I am an independent voice on the board, and I don’t have an agenda,” Markwell said.
“Voters are talking to the candidates, which is good. At the end of the day, it is the people that choose. It really has been a neat opportunity,” she said.
There are about 18,000 registered voters in Merrimack, and a total of 1,933 ballots were cast.
“We expected it to be slow, but not exactly this slow,” Town Clerk Diane Trippett said early Tuesday afternoon when fewer than 600 voters had visited the polls.
“It is so important to get out and vote and have a voice in your town,” he added.