BRATTLEBORO — The Youth Vote passed 908-408 at Tuesday's election.
The Vermont Legislature will now need to decide whether to amend the town charter to allow anyone 16 or older to serve as a Town Meeting member or as a member of the Brattleboro Town School Board and Brattleboro Union High School #6 Board, and to vote on local issues. If amended, the charter would allow up to two "youth members" to serve simultaneously on each school board. But an ordered merger of school districts is expected to see those boards dissolve June 30.
The initiative came from Brattleboro Common Sense, a group focused on election reform and other progressive issues.
Daniel Quipp and Elizabeth McLoughlin beat Franz Reichsman and Oscar Heller for two one-year seats on the Select Board. McLoughlin carried 1,022 of the votes, Quipp had 644, Reichsman had 529 and Heller had 495.
"I really enjoyed the campaign and I'm proud of myself," Quipp said. "And I think we have a great Select Board for next year."
McLoughlin said, "I think that Brattleboro had a great slate of candidates and I look forward to serving the community. And I thank all of the voters and in particular my supporters and letter writers."
Brattleboro Select Board member Tim Wessel beat challenger Ben Coplan for a three-year seat in a 980-438 vote.
Retired music teacher Andy Davis defeated incumbent Jill Stahl Tyler in a 844-566 vote for a three-year seat on the Brattlbeoro Town School Board.
Newcomer Emily Murphy Kaur and incumbent Robin Morgan were elected to one-year seats on the Brattleboro Town School Board. Incumbent Spoon Agave lost his seat. Morgan had 1,000 votes, Kaur had 856, and Agave had 582.
"I'm really excited to serve the community in this role and thanks to all those who came out and supported me as I am new," Murphy said. "And I'm excited to work to incorporate a student, teacher and community voice into the process more than it already is."
A total of 1,570 voters participated in Tuesday's election.
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