Larsen elected to Chilmark select board

Marie Larsen is the new Chilmark select board member. — Courtesy Marie Larsen

Marie Larsen was the top vote getter in Wednesday’s Chilmark select board race during the town’s annual election.

Larsen received 327 votes. Her opponent, Russell Maloney, received 124 votes.

Larsen, a retired school administrator who’s lived on the Island for four decades, and the past eight years as a Chilmark resident, replaces Warren Doty on the town’s select board. Doty had served 24 years on the board.

Chilmark town clerk Jennifer Christy reports that about 40 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Wednesday’s election.

Voters in Chilmark also overwhelmingly passed three ballot questions. The questions asked voters to approve a tax increase to fund a new HVAC system in the Chilmark School, and a feasibility study for the high school renovation or rebuild project; the third ballot questions asked for about $300,000 to fund the Up-Island Regional Schools.

The school HVAC ballot passed 355 to 73; the high school feasibility study passed 337 to 90; and extra funding for the up-Island schools passed 354 to 83.

Having garnered 19 write-in votes, Chilmark’s highway department superintendent of streets Keith Emin was elected as both the town’s tree warden and fence viewer.