Final results from November 8 election (2022)

by Mary Grow

Because of several write-in candidates for local elected positions and a technical glitch with the town website, results of China’s Nov. 8 local votes were incompletely reported in the Nov. 10 issue of The Town Line (see p. 3).

For three positions on the planning board, James Wilkens was re-elected with 1,442 votes; Toni Wall was re-elected to the District 2 seat with 18 write-in votes; and the District 4 seat remains vacant. Town Clerk Angela Nelson explained that the qualified write-in for District 4, incumbent Scott Rollins, has declined to accept re-election.

For three positions on the budget committee, Trishea Story was re-elected secretary with 23 write-in votes; in District 2, after two of the three people with the same number of write-in votes declined to serve, Nelson reported that Taryn Hotham was sworn in as a new member on Nov. 14; and, as reported Nov. 10, District 4 member Timothy Basham and at-large member Elizabeth Curtis were re-elected, unopposed.

The count in the three-person contest for one position on the Regional School Unit #18 board of directors was as follows: incumbent Dawn Castner, re-elected with 851 votes; Darrell Stevens, 403 votes; and Wallace Pooler III, 371 votes.

Votes on the local referendum questions, all of which were approved, were as follows.

  • To appropriate no more than $70,000 from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money for expanded broadband service: yes, 1,492; no, 672.
  • To appropriate no more than $21,590 in ARPA money to reimburse China Rescue for a defibrillator: yes, 1,925; no, 252.
  • To appropriate no more than $7,000 in ARPA money for improvements to the town’s radio tower: yes, 1,831; no, 332.
  • To appropriate no more than $22,000 in ARPA money for three heat pumps for town buildings: yes, 1,548; no, 612.
  • To appropriate no more than $75,000 in ARPA money for the town’s senior fuel assistance fund: yes, 1,903; no, 261.
  • To appropriate no more than $30,000 in ARPA money for repair of cemetery fences: yes, 1,506; no, 641.
  • To amend the town’s quorum ordinance to say that 100 registered voters is the minimum needed to start a town meeting: yes, 1,015; no, 965.
  • To amend two sections of the Land Use Ordinance, as recommended by the planning board: yes, 1,356; no, 650.

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