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On election day, Ayer BOS candidate Mark Coulter at Beth Israel

Nashoba Publishing file photo/Mary Arata
Ayer selectman candidate Mark Coulter, shown here on March 6, has suffered a heart attack, confirmed his wife Catherine Coulter. Coulter is at Beth Israel Medical Center awaiting triple-bypass surgery.
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AYER — Board of Selectmen candidate Mark Coulter, 60, is facing surgery at a Boston hospital after a heart attack suffered at his High Street home on Sunday.

His wife, Catherine Coulter, confirmed on Monday that Coulter is at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and will undergo triple-bypass surgery over the next few days.

Catherine Coulter said she appreciates the support Mark is receiving. She hopes to be at the polls tonight – the Great Hall on the second floor of Ayer Town Hall – on her husband’s behalf when the results are released.

The couple has four children and one grandchild. Coulter is a retired 15-year veteran of the Ayer Police Department who attained the rank of sergeant.

Mark Coulter is one of three candidates for two available seats on the Ayer Board of Selectmen in today’s election. Also running are incumbent Gary Luca and challenger Christopher Hillman. Incumbent Carolyn McCreary did not seek re-election.

“I feel a selectman’s roll is to represent the residents, represent their best interests, listen to their issues, be fair and objective,” said Coulter in answering Nashoba Publishing a questionnaire of the candidates.

Coulter has also challenged the effectiveness of the present Board of Selectmen in a series of letters to the editor, a fact he did not shy from during the April 12 candidates forum hosted by the Ayer Communications Committee.

Coulter said the selectmen spent much of their time “arguing, fighting, and climbing over each other, micromanaging. A lot of time has been wasted in the past. And that’s got to end.”

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