Colarusso wins select board race by three votes

Christina Colarusso is congratulated after winning a seat on the Tisbury Select Board -- Abigail Rosen

Update, May 10

Thirty-three year-old Christina Colarusso was elected to the Tisbury select board Tuesday night by just three votes, unseating incumbent Abbe Burt.

Colarusso garnered 314 out of the 678 ballots cast. Burt received 311.

The unofficial results tabulated Tuesday night had Colarusso winning by six votes.

“There were 3 ballots to be hand counted after the unofficial results were read last evening at 8,” Tisbury Town Clerk J. Hillary Conklin told The Times Wednesday afternoon.

Reached Wednesday, Burt said that she does not plan to file a recount.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I want what is best for the town and I don’t think a recount is a good idea,” she said. “I’m wishing the new select person all the best in her new position. It’s a big job and an important position.”

Forty-nine votes went to candidate MacAleer Schilcher; the rest were write-ins or blanks.

Just under 20 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

Burt comes off the board after a few months in the position. During a special town election held in January to find someone to complete the term of former board member Larry Gomez, Burt prevailed, but only by nine votes.

Surrounded by friends and family Tuesday evening, Colarusso said she’s looking forward to beginning her work on the board. 

Colarusso is the facilities manager at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, and has served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Coincidently, Tuesday marked the expiration date of her Merchant Marine credentials. “When one door closes, another opens,” she said upon her victory.

Her father, Al Colarusso told The Times that he’s not surprised by her daughter’s determination. “She definitely has the mind for it,” he said.

Voters also approved the sole ballot question, which is to fund the town’s share of a feasibility study for the renovation or reconstruction of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.


  1. Another rubber stamp for whatever suits the Tisbury Police and their questionable professionalism.

    Great. 😞

  2. As proven by the 2020 Presidential election the only time a second term incumbent loses is due to voter fraud (sarc).

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