TOWNSEND -- First-time Board of Selectmen candidate Wayne Miller handily won Monday's election over challenger John Hussey.
Preliminary election results released on the town's website showed Miller with a 1002 to 342 lead over fellow first-time candidate and Conservation Commission member Hussey.
Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford said shortly after the results were released there would not be enough write-in votes to change the outcome.
Miller was unavailable for comment after the preliminary results were released.
Miller, who moved to Townsend in 2000, is a microbiologist for the Sartorius Group, a pharmaceutical and lab equipment supply company.
During his campaign he said he had been thinking about running for office for some time.
"I felt a sense of duty to do something for the town," Miller said.
Miller said he wants to support Townsend's aging and young populations, attract business, and repair roads in town. He wants to pursue these "forward thinking issues" in a way that keeps the town's small- town feel.
Working as a scientist has given him skills that will help him serve on the board, Miller said. He added he takes an analytical approach to solving problems and looks at data to help make decisions.
During his campaign, Miller has talked about hosting forums with residents to learn what issues need to be addressed.
He has a daughter who attends North Middlesex Regional High School.
Miller replaces Board Chairman Gordon Clark who did not seek re-election.
Ongoing recall efforts loomed over the race for months. An injunction against the recall elections for Clark and Selectman Cindy King were reversed in March.
Since Clark was already leaving office, the recall would have been moot for him.
Meanwhile, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this month to disallow the recall for King.
Miller and Hussey both said during the campaign they want to help Townsend move forward.
"People have asked me a lot of questions about how will I bring peace and tranquility to the town," Hussey said before Monday's results were released. "The United States has gotten through a couple world wars and conflicts so I don't know why Townsend couldn't do it too. But it's going to take both sides to come together, so until they decide to do that, I don't see how it would happen any other way."
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