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The race for the office of Pepperell town clerk is over, and although I was not elected, I am grateful for the experience.

I was inspired to see my family, as well as the six other candidates’ families, pull together tightly in support of each other. Friends and supporters gave so much of their time and help for us. I had conversations with candidates Emilie Presnall and with Bonnie Shattuck through this campaign, and there was always gracious spirit in them toward me ,despite the fact that we were competing for the same office. I thank them for that.

Congratulations to our new clerk, Jeff Sauer, who prepared well for his campaign. I will miss seeing Lois Libby smiling behind that counter at Town Hall, but I know Jeff will work hard to represent us well.

Thank you, Pepperell, for coming out in such large numbers, and for seeking information on who we are. I appreciated when people would ask me questions, as I knew they would be making an informed choice on election day. I thank those who reached out to me to help, as they are the ones who believed in me enough to want to tell others.

To my mom, my family, my supporters, I thank you. I did not win the election, but I do walk away a more fulfilled person because of this experience.

DEB CARNEY

Pepperell