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Dixon Tops Ticket for Selectmen, Fire Station Passes

Pat Wojtas was also re-elected to the Board of Selectmen.

It was a big night for incumbents last night when results came in for the annual town election.

In the race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen, incumbent George Dixon topped the ticket, followed by incumbent Pat Wojtas, and then Roland Van Liew and Jim Murray.

Dixon thanked his supporters and said he is ready to move forward.

"I'm very happy," he said. "I feel like I worked hard ... I'm looking forward to just helping people (in my next term)."

Wojtas said she was thankful for the vote of confidence from the residents.

"I'm definitely humbled by the vote tonight," she said. "I'm going to do everything I can to keep the town moving forward."

In the race for three seats on the Planning Board, incumbents George Zaharoolis, Colleen Stansfield and Bob Joyce retained their seats; newcomer Mark Dolat was knocked out. Stansfield topped that ticket.

For School Committee, Nick DeSilvio won against Barbara Skaar, who ran a write-in campaign. 

"I represent the voters, I represent the kids ... I'm really happy that I got more votes this time than I did the last time I ran," he said.

DeSilvio said he is looking forward to his next term and wants to start working on his goals.

"We'll be looking to Chapter 70 reforumlation, that is key, and rolling out the stratigic plan. We've never had one and I'm excited for it," he said.

Fire Chief Mike Curran said the passing was really a win for the firefighters. Town Meeting reps will now vote on the new station at the end of the month.

"I'm happy for the firefighters who have to live there 24/7. I get to go home at night, they don't," he said. "And as we know the conditions (of the building) aren't good."

Jim Stratton April 04, 2012 at 11:22 AM
re the fire station vote - just over half (53% if my math is right) voted for it. I understand this is non-binding and Town Meeting has to vote on it. Does anyone know what percent of the Town Meeting vote would be necessary to approve it?
Krista Perry April 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Jim: 41.1% in favor, 36% against, 22.9% blanks. At Town Meeting, it will require a two-thirds vote.
Eileen Cushing-Craig April 04, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Congratulations to Pat Wojtas and George Dixon! I am very pleased with those results!
Roy Earley April 04, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Congratualations to George "The Diceman" Dixon Now that your back in, we can work on staging the musical "Guys and Dolls" at the new Center for the Arts. So you can dazzle the folks with your singing and your "Fred Astaire" like dance moves. ;)
Phil stanway April 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Congratulations to George and Pat. I would also like to thank Jim Murray who ran a clean and respectful campaign. Jim had little money but a lot of class. Jim has also made a commitment to help out on some open space projects as he has a construction skill set that we can really use.The town wins three times.
Brad Rigby April 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Second those emotions.

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