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Election sees higher voter turnout despite lower numbers

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SHIRLEY — This year’s voter turnout was up by 275 ballots despite having fewer registered voters than last year.

Of the 3,436 registered voters, 178 fewer than last year, 680 turned out at the polls for Tuesday’s election.

The final count was read by resident Carl Ablett after 10:30 p.m., once 15 ballots were added that had not been counted when the results were announced a few minutes earlier.

The only contested seats on the ballot were two terms on the School Committee previously held by Robert Prescott and Donald Parker. Both incumbents took three-year seats once again.

The candidates were opposed by residents Clifford Bailey, who earned 221 votes, and Christine House, who earned 263 votes. Both challengers have volunteered in the school district for several years.

Also, an expired five-year term on the Planning Board went to write-in candidate Joseph Snyder. Snyder will take the seat with only four ballots cast in his favor, if he accepts.

Gerard Wheeler earned five write-in votes for a three-year seat on the War Memorial board of trustees. Ed Walsh received three write-in votes for the other open position on the board.

The other results of last night’s tally were:Nashoba Publishing

Selectman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio, with 527 votes.

Assessor Joseph Saball, with 531 votes.

Assessor Ronald Marchetti, one-year unexpired term, with 514 votes.

Constable Robert F. Hippler, with 561 votes.

Library trustee Susan Johnston, with 524 votes.

Library trustee Judy Stanislaw, with 543 votes.

Planning Board member, two-year unexpired term, Neal Guthrie, with 525 votes.

Board of Health member Jacqueline Esielionis, with 525 votes.

School Committee member Donald Parker, with 462 votes.

School Committee member Robert Prescott Jr., with 346 votes.

Sewer Commission member Robert Schuler, with 524 votes.

Recreation Commission member Frederick Gibbons III, with 526 votes.

After the polls closed at 8 p.m., Guercio hosted a reception at the Bull Run Restaurant, which he owns and runs with his wife, Dolores.