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POWNAL — Voters elected Marlena Pellon, Bryan Harris, Harry "Jamie" Percey Jr. and Elizabeth Rowe to the Select Board on Tuesday.

Percey won a three-year seat on the board with 363 votes in his race against John Bushee Jr. and Michael "Mike" George, who was previously on the board. Bushee received 201 votes, and George received 133.

Four candidates ran for two available one-year seats; Pellon, Harris, Donna Lauzon and incumbent Ron Bisson.

Pellon received 346 votes, and Harris received 363 to win election. Lauzon received 255 votes, while Bisson had 329.

Rowe, who received 412 votes, ran against Frederick "Fred" Miller for the remaining one year of a three-year term, as former board chairman Nelson Brownell has announced he will not complete the remaining one year of his term.

Miller received 292 votes.

When reached Tuesday night, all the winning candidates said the same thing at first — they were exhausted. All said they were at the polls from open to close.

"It's been a very long day, a very cold day," Pellon said. "But I am so humbled, and so appreciative, of all the support that the community gave me."

Rowe also said she was humbled by the support she received.

"[I'm] totally excited, and humbled just by the support and all the voters that came out," she said. "It was just a wonderful day."

Harris said he was feeling "excited and optimistic."

"I'm optimistic for the future, and I'm hoping to be able to serve the people of the town and do the best I can," he said.

Percey said he wanted to thank those who had supported him.

"[I] hope that I can do that job that I got elected to," he said.

Voters heading into the polls at the Pownal Center Firehouse Tuesday had the Select Board race on their minds.

"It's nice to see a lot of people interested in running for the Select Board," said Sharry Lenkowski as she headed into the polls at about 12:30 p.m.

"This place needs a change," said Michele Brophy. Voting, she said, is the perfect way to get that change.

She's lived in Pownal for a couple of years, and lived in South Carolina before that. She's originally from Vermont.

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She planned to vote for Bisson, Bushee and Lauzon.

"I'm thinking about fair representation in the town government, without a pre-agenda, and fresh ideas, " said Richard Morgenthal as he arrived at the fire house.

"This will be an interesting election, to see how the Select Board lines up," said Anne Marie Jarvis.

Jarvis is married to Robert "Bob" Jarvis, a member of the Select Board.

"I just hope the right people get in," said Lisa Bump, as she left the polls.

Besides the Select Board, she also voted for an article that asked the town to allow the Select Board to acquire, maintain and operate two school buses donated by the Pownal School District; acceptance of the buses is meant to head off their transfer to the new, regional school district that is to be created under Act 46, the state's merger law.

"We need to keep our buses," she said.

Without them, she said, the students wouldn't be able to take their field trips.

Michelle Pekrol also said she hopes the vote goes the right way, and the town can have people on the Select Board who can make positive changes.

Pekrol, currently a member of the Pownal Planning Commission, said she planned to vote for Bisson, Bushee, Lauzon and Miller.

"I know them all, and they definitely have individual ideas," she said. "They all bring a different insight, but can work with somebody who has an opposing view."

Besides the contested Select Board seats, six people ran unopposed for other positions. Timothy Holbrook, Sharon Nichols, Jodi Morrison and Wendy Jordan Bisson ran for town moderator, a three-year lister, a two-year lister and a one-year lister, respectively.

All were elected to their respective positions.

Tammy Sohl also ran unopposed for a three-year term as a school director, and Angie Rawling ran for a one-year term as a school director.

Both were elected.

The deadline for submitting papers for town positions was 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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