Veronica Kell narrowly defeated Kevin Keefe to win a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Shown here, a supporter with a campaign sign outside Townsend Memorial Hall during Monday’s town election.
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TOWNSEND – With a total turnout of 820 voters in the town’s three precincts — out of 6,137 registered voters in town — selectmen candidate Veronica Kell eked out a victory over selectmen candidate Kevin Keefe, in the only contested race on the ballot.

Keefe garnered 391 votes. Kell won the three-year seat with 422 votes.

The Board of Selectmen, shorthanded since Susan Lisio resigned a few months ago, now has a full compliment, with three members.

The election results – released Monday night and posted as “unofficial” on the town website– were “preliminary,” Town Clerk Kathy Spofford said, with election workers still counting write-in votes.

Write-in counts could change the outcome in some cases.

The write-in candidate for a three year seat on the Amanda Dwight Entertainment Committee, Deborahanne Mayer, received no votes in the preliminary count, with 147 scattered write-ins and 637 blanks.

Julie Ann Byers won the three-year seat on the Board of Assessors, with 580 votes.

For Cemetery and Parks, a 3-year term, Albert “Tubby” Boucher won with 577 votes.

There were no candidates on the ballot for an open seat on the Board of Health, a three year term.

With 774 blank ballots, there were 46 scattered write-ins.

Aaron Corn was a write in candidate for a two-year term on the Board of Library Trustees but he received no votes, while 759 ballots were left blank for that position, with 61 scattered write-ins.

A 3-year seat on the Library board went to Susan McNally, with 630 votes.

There were two candidates for three open “at large” seats on the NMRSD School Committee.

Both candidates won. Randee Rusch received 558 votes. Lisa Martin, received 468 votes.

There were no takers for a five-year term on the Planning Board, with 755 blanks and 65 scattered write-ins.

The Recreation Commission had a single 2-year seat open and two 3-year seats.

Rachel Ann Palmer won the 2-year term with 581 votes.

For the 3-year terms, Emily Autin-Bruns and Matthew Evans both won, with 532 votes and 519 votes, respectively. There were 586 blanks and three write-ins.

Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford retained her job, with 692 votes.

Courtney Borelli won a seat on the Townsend Housing Authority with 575 votes.

For Trust Fund Commissioner, a 3-year post, there was no candidate on the ballot, which showed 781 blanks and 39 scattered write-ins.

Trustees of Soldiers Memorials had two open seats.

Peter Buxton was a write-in candidate for the non-veteran seat. He received no votes. There were 784 blanks and 36 scattered write-ins. For the veteran seat, Keith Jackson won with 632 votes.

Michael MacEachern was the only candidate for a 3-year seat on the Board of Water Commissioners. He won with 612 votes.

Official results were still pending Tuesday morning.

“We’re still working on write-ins,” Spofford said.

And with three “at large” seats open on the NMRSD School Committee, results from the school district’s other two member towns – Pepperell and Ashby – must be figured in for a final count.