Sturbridge Town Election Results – 2014


I finally found a news report on the Sturbridge Town Election Results.  The Wocrecester telegram and Gazette has the story Sturbridge votes 18-year-old onto Tantasqua board.

A recent Tantasqua Regional High School graduate is now the youngest member of the Tantasqua Regional District School Committee.
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Mr. Ryan, who is a member of the Tantasqua Regional High School Class of 2013, received 461 votes, which was enough to beat incumbent Elizabeth Tichy, who received 397.

Patricia M. Barnicle, a former school committee member, was the top vote getter for two three-year seats, with 515.
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In the only other race, Craig A. Moran was victorious over Donald B. Fairbrother, 409-389, for a one-year selectman’s seat made vacant by Thomas R. Creamer’s resignation.
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Only 817 of the town’s 6,648 registered voters came out for Monday’s annual town election, according to Town Clerk Lorraine Murawski.

The vote is a turnout of about 12%.

The comments on the news story were not as bad as what I have come to expect from The Telegram.  These expectations were the reason for my cancelling my subscription and rarely referencing the Telegram on this blog anymore.  Many of the complaints blamed the lack of advertising of the election for the low turnout.

I added my own comment.

Word of the election was posted on many people’s facebook page and also on the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee’s page

I urged all the people I knew who had Facebook pages to mention the election on their pages. Not that many people took my advice.

As for the Selectman’s race, the person who won had a propensity for wanting to study issues that he apparently was unaware that many studies had already been done and were posted on the Town’s web site. I’d expect someone who wants to run for office would be aware of what is going on in town, and not need to find out what is already known.

That is why Jacob Ryan’s win was a good one. I know that he is really involved in what is going on in the town and has well studied knowledge of the issues he will face.

At the time I wrote that comment it hadn’t even occurred to me a simpler question to ask the people who complained about lack of advertising about the election.  When all these people traveled around town and saw all the political signs of candidates for office for 6 weeks before the election, what did they think those signs were for?  If they couldn’t figure out that an election was coming up, maybe it is just as well that they didn’t vote.

What I learned about the winning selectman after the election was hair raising, and people who know me know that I don’t have that much hair to raise.  Of course this new information didn’t matter to me.  I voted for Don Fairbrother who is a known quantity to me. We’ll see how his one year term turns out, and then we will have a chance to reconsider the vote.

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