Mixed Directions from Voters Following Tuesday’s ElectionMarch 13, 2015 by Len Lathrop
As Paul Inderbitsen, the Hudson Moderator for both school district results and town balloting, read the tallies, the room was very quiet; most everyone just recording the unofficial tally on sample ballots.
For Hudson Board of Selectmen, Marilyn McGrath led the race with 1,015 votes. For the other open seat on the board, former selectman Ted Luszey and political newcomer Jared Stevens were only separated by six votes with Luszey at 855 and Stevens at 849. As of press time Wednesday, Stevens had not asked for a recount, which he has until Friday to do. Political veterans advised that six votes were achievable on a recount. Others vying for the seat – Brownrigg, Kahn and Martin -were all under 600 votes. In the other seats elected for town leadership all candidates were unopposed.
Switching to the candidates for school board, Ben Nadeau moved to the school board from his current selectman’s seat topping Cheryl Cummings by 1,018 votes to her 867 with the third candidate, Peggy Huard, receiving 465.
The warrant article voting saw the new fire station planned for Lowell Road was rejected by 314 votes; as a bonding issue it would have taken a three-fifths margin of the 2,748 ballots casted or 1,649 to be approved and funded. Other no’s came to the school district operating budget by 187 votes and the AFSCME contract for school principals, assistant principals, school counselors, directors, department heads, dean of academics, transition coordinator, community business liaison and library media specialists, which failed by 93 votes. Also being rejected were the two petition questions about tax exemptions for solar power equipment on homes and the resolution about national election funding.
As the Hudson politicos left the Community Center Tuesday night two questions hung in the air: will Stevens ask for a selectman recount and will the school district hold the one special election allowed by RSA to get the district budget approved?