Only 13.8 percent of Plympton’s 2,368 registered voters made it to the Town House in Saturday’s sticky heat – over 90 degrees with 98 percent humidity – to cast their vote. A dismal showing…
There were only two contests: political newcomer Jared A. Anderson, garnered 187 votes to incumbent Art Morin’s 110 for the three-year Board of Health position. There were also 29 blanks. Paul D’Angelo, Jr. retained his position for a three-year term on the Planning Board after being challenged by newcomer Jackson Long. D’Angelo won with 198 votes to Long’s 78 votes. There were five blanks.
Question 1 on the ballot saw signs throughout town asking voters to Defend Democracy and Vote No! to making the Town Clerk’s position an appointed, rather than elected position. The majority of those voting agreed, with 219 voting NO and 101 voting YES. Seven were blank.
Here’s how the rest of the ballot was voted:
Selectman for three years – John A. Traynor, Jr., 245, Blanks, 76, and various write-ins from Donald Trump to Mickey Mouse, 6.
Assessor for three years – Dean Jafferian won the position with six write-in votes. There were also 219 blanks and two other write-ins.
The two Finance Committee five-year terms were won by Steven R. Lewis, candidate for re-election, and Michael Lemieux, who garnered nine write-in votes. Blanks were 258 and others were 11.
Two three-year terms for Library Trustee got 644 votes blank and 10 others write-ins.
The Library Trustee term for two years saw Mark Eubanks win with five write-in votes. There were 321 blanks and three other write-ins.
Barry DeCristofano will remain Town Moderator for the next three years winning re-election with 260 votes. There were 67 blanks.
John Schmidt won his bid for re-election with 244 votes. There were also 83 blanks.
Caitlin Johnson and Suzanne Jafferian are the new Dennett School Committee members with Johnson getting 27 write-in votes and Jafferian getting 16. There were also 270 blanks and 5 other write-ins.
Jason W. Fraser won 249 votes in his bid for re-election to the Silver Lake Regional School Committee. There were 74 blanks and four others.