Edgartown library trustees face challenge in April election


Edgartown voters will find four contested races on the town election ballot when they go to the polls on April 14. The spring election will feature three contests for seats on the Edgartown Library board of trustees.

The proposed expansion of the Edgartown Library has been a source of much town discussion and is expected to feature prominently in the spring election.

There is a four-way race for two three-year terms on the library board. Chairman Patricia Rose and Ann Tyra will both seek reelection. They face challenges from Deanna Ahearn-Laird and Robert C. Avakian.

Ellen Kaplan will seek reelection to a 1-year term on the library board of trustees. She faces a challenge from newcomer Julie Lively.

There is a three-way race for two 3-year terms on the Edgartown financial advisory committee. Incumbent vice-chairman Donna Lowell-Bettencourt will seek reelection to the committee. Leslie Baynes and Bruce Stone will also be on the ballot.

Not on the ballot is veteran town official Larry Mercier who will not seek reelection.

Incumbents, selectman Margaret Serpa, school committee member Susan Mercier, board of health commissioner Kathie Case, assessor Alan Gowell, planning board member Michael McCourt, park commissioner Jane Varkonda, town meeting moderator Jeff Norton, wastewater commissioner James Carter, and constable Jonathan Searle will face no challenge.