Lawrence returned to Stamford, Vt., Select Board after 3-year absence


STAMFORD, Vt. -- With no heated races, the annual town election on Tuesday saw a voter turnout of just over 20 percent.

Returning to the Select Board after a three-year absence is Sheila G. Lawrence, who received 28 write-in votes for a three-year term. Lawrence, who was ousted by newcomer Olaf Aase in 2011, thanked voters in an interview Tuesday night.

"I'll do the best I can to make the area good for them," she said.

Thomas Houghtaling was re-elected to a two-year term on the Select Board with 26 write-in votes. Houghtaling was followed by Peter Chesbro, who garnered 21 write-in votes.

Stacy J. Abuisi lost despite running unopposed for a two-year term as school director. She received 43 votes but was beaten by incumbent Nancy Lesage, who received 76 write-in votes. When reached Tuesday night, Lesage said she will accept the position.

Of 577 registered voters, 132 cast ballots, Town Clerk Lori Brothers-Shepard said.

"I'd say for an election without many contested races, it was a steady turnout," she said.

Brothers-Shepard ran unopposed for a second three-year term as town clerk, receiving 127 votes. Brothers-Shepard also ran unopposed for the treasurer position previously held by Dave Fierro Jr., receiving 123 votes.

Elected in other uncontested races were: William Levine to one-year terms as town moderator and school moderator; Cynthia Lamore, three-year term as school director; Sally Bohl, one-year term as collector of delinquent taxes and a five-year term as cemetery commissioner; Ron Plock, three-year term as lister; and Caroline Burch, five-year term as library trustee.

The following positions drew no nominations and write-in votes and will remain empty: One-year terms as juror and town agent, and a one, two and three-year term as auditors.

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