Longtime selectman Margaret Serpa was re-elected to her eighth term on the town’s highest ranking board in a close race Thursday, beating out challengers Juliet Mulinare and Joseph Monteiro.
The final tally was 353 votes for Serpa, 326 votes for Mulinare, and 55 votes for Monteiro.
In other election results, Fred Mascolo held on to his position with the planning board by securing 409 votes against opponent Robert Strayton’s 284.
Serpa has served on the board of selectmen since 1999.
“I’m a very happy lady,” Serpa told the Times by phone after the polls closed. “I’m very relieved. I’m very grateful for the people who support me, and I try to do my best for Edgartown.”
Mulinare, who has served in several town roles including as procurement officer, said she was proud of her first selectman campaign: “My involvement with the town is a big part of my life, it brings me a lot of joy, and I don’t plan on abandoning that anytime soon. You can definitely expect to see me in future elections, whether it’s select board, I’ll look at other options whether it’s county or regional, whatever strikes my desire to get involved. There’s so many opportunities for public involvement, and I look forward to pursuing whatever the next phase of that is for me.”
Monteiro was not immediately available for comment.
Just over 22 percent of the town’s registered voters voted in Thursday’s election.
Voters overwhelmingly decided, 529-162, to spend $650,000 in a complex land deal with the Boys and Girls Club. The deal, which has been months in the making, secures 4.67 acres of land for the town’s New Westside Cemetery.
The club reached a purchase and sale agreement with the family of Philip (“Jeff”) Norton last spring for a 21-acre parcel in a wooded area off Edgartown–West Tisbury Road for $2.8 million. The property is sandwiched between Sweetened Water Farm and town-owned land.
The club then approached the town, which was also looking at the property, and struck a deal to benefit the club, the town, and the Norton family.
In other ballot question votes, voters approved $400,000 for rebuilding and resurfacing town streets, and $350,000 for repairing town sidewalks.
In another contested race, Meegan Moire Lancaster defeated Joseph Altsat for the board of health, 387-202, and Fred Mascolo defeated Robert Strayton for planning board, 409-284.
Here are the rest of the vote totals in uncontested races:
Board of assessors, Alan Gowell: 623
Financial advisory, Leslie Baynes: 581
Financial advisory, Donna Lowell-Bettencourt: 568
Financial advisory, Paul Pertile: 560
Library trustees, David Faber: 583
Library trustees, Denise Searle: 597
Parks commissioner, Jane Varkonda: 607
School committee, Kimberly Kirk: 494
Wastewater commissioner, Scott Ellis: 651
Water commissioner, David Burke: 603
Clare Lonergan contributed to this report.