Edgartown voters opt for appointed town clerk

With no contested races, voter turnout was very light.

Edgartown Town Hall. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Edgartown voters, by a margin of 144 to 110, voted to make the office of town clerk an appointed position instead of an elected office.

With no contested races for town office, turnout was very sparse. Just 267 ballots were cast, representing 8.2 percent of the town’s 3,262 registered voters.

Two races were decided by write-in votes. Robert Sparks was elected to the planning board with 39 write-in votes. Kathy Case was elected to the board of health with 19 write-in votes.

In uncontested races for three year terms: Margaret Serpa was reelected to the board of selectmen (220 votes); Alan Gowell was reelected to the board of assessors (225); Susan Mercier won reelection to the school committee (205); Deanna Ahearn-Laird (199) and Robert Avakian (220) won reelection to the board of library trustees; Jane Varkonda was reelected to the parks commission (231); Sean Murphy was elected to a one year term on the wastewater treatment commission (208), and Scott Ellis was elected to a three year term on the wastewater treatment commission (234); David Burke won a seat on the water commission (202); Leslie Baynes (217) and Donna Lowell-Bettencourt (212) were reelected to the financial advisory committee.