Town Meeting 2016: Halifax write-ins get votes but don't win, Town Plan adopted after 'close' vote


HALIFAX >> A write-in candidate for the Selectboard received 99 votes but still did not come away with a win.

Cara Cheyette, who campaigned after not getting on the ballot for Tuesday's election, lost to Brad Rafus. He serves as the town's road commissioner and received 180 votes to cinch the three-year seat.

Another write-in candidate, Dan Menerey, had 84 votes but lost to candidate Mitchell Green, a former board member, for a two-year seat.

The Planning Commission made updates to the Town Plan, which was approved for adoption by a 167-145 vote.

"It was fairly close on that," said Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner, noting that some residents thought the document's language was "too restrictive."

While Andrew Rice was elected for first constable and Roy Richardson was made second constable for this year, the positions will become appointed ones in 2017.

An article to change the way those positions are filled sparked "probably the biggest" conversation at annual Town Meeting, said Sumner.

"In order to do anything as constables, they've got to get certified with the state police academy," he said. "If you're elected, the town could spend a lot of money one year and then they don't get elected the next year. So it would be a waste of money for the town if that happened."

Summer said the town and highway and school budgets all "went right through," meaning the town's $1,206,004 budget, the Highway Department's $860,978 budget and the school district's $1,474,535 budget were all approved.

"(Town Meeting) went pretty fast and smooth," he said. "We were done by noon."

Also elected were Mary Brewster as lister for three years, Kattie Russ as lister for two years, April Dupuis as auditor for three years, Laura Sumner as collector of delinquent taxes for one year, Joe Tamburrino as grand juror for a year, Tina Blais and Dora Green as town agents for a year, Steven Cohen as trustee of public funds for three years, Jeffrey Deforest as cemetery commissioner for three years, Vicki Allen as school district moderator for one year and Homer "Chum" Sumner as school director for three years.

Contact Chris Mays at or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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