Aquinnah voters went to the polls Wednesday and voted for change. Voters ousted incumbent Beverly Wright and elected Julianne Vanderhoop to fill one seat on the three-member board of selectmen by a vote of 93 to 69.
Both women are members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (WTGH/A) .
Ms. Vanderhoop is the owner of the Orange Peel Bakery, a popular stop for visitors from around the Island. Ms. Wright is a former five-time chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe and chairman of the Save The Gay Head Lighthouse committee. Prior to the election, both candidates spoke in opposition to plans to convert the tribe’s long-unfinished community center into a Class II gaming facility.
Voters overwhelming said yes to a non-binding ballot question that requests Governor Deval Patrick shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. The vote was 136 to 18.
A total of 163 of the town’s 368 voters, or 44 percent, went to the polls.
The following candidates were elected to town office: Jean Lince, library trustee (141); Michael Stutz, board of assessors (118); Sarah Saltonstall, board of health (144); Carolyn Feltz, town clerk (156); Peter Temple (123), James Wallen (100), two seats on the planning board.