Wojtas Takes Selectman Race
Pat Wojtas wins the seat left vacant by Sean Scanlon.
Pat Wojtas will finish out Sean Scanlon's term on the Board of Selectmen after she won Tuesday's special election for the seat. Unofficial results have Wojtas sweeping at least five precincts in the town.
Wojtas, who has served on the Board of Selectmen before but was not re-elected in May, will immediately take her seat on the board. Wojtas has been attending meetings since the summer so that she will be up to speed on any issues coming before the board.
Jim Lane conceded around 8:30 p.m. to Wojtas, saying all candidates ran a good race.
"It was a great team effort," he said.
He was immediately unsure if he will run for another seat on the board.
"We'll see where we go next," he said.
Lane said he was unsure as to why he lost the race.
"I'm not a political analyst," he said. "Big numbers came out. It was a fun campaign, that's for sure."
Jerry Loew said he congratulated Wojtas on her victory and was unsure if he will run for office again.
Still, Loew said he has plans to become more involved in town as Town Meeting rep and in the School Department.
"Pat is a wonderful woman, I've had a bunch of conversations with her. She's very very sincere and thoughtful," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised at all (if Jim Lane ran for another seat."
Wojtas said she's excited to get back on the board.
"I'm so grateful for the residents who voted, they paid attention to this race, I'm especially grateful for the outcome, for sure," she said. "I think the chair is a good fit for me I'm looking forward to being there again and we'll see how it goes."
Wojtas said even though she has been attending meetings and speaking with selectmen to keep up-to-date on things, she will call the Town Manager tomorrow to make sure she's up to speed.
Wojtas said she's glad voters saw her experience on the Board of Selectmen as a positive asset, in a political climate with an anti-incumbent feel.
"I think it may have been in the spring, the feeling that we needed new ideas and freshness on the baord and voters went with two new candidates," she said. "Maybe they realized ... it's good to have fresh ideas but also good to have (the) background."
Wojtas said she was proud of the clean campaign she and her opponents run.
"I'm so grateful, we dont see what you see at other levels with so much negative ads and mudslinging, I think it was generally a positive campaign from all sides," she said.