Kingston: Override passes, Munford and Arruda win selectmen seats

It will be interesting at Selectmen’s meetings in Kingston after that town’s annual election Saturday. Kingston Police Sergeant Susan Munford had publicly criticized Town Administrator Jim Thomas, who the current board recently hired. She finished first among seven candidates for selectman. Chairman Richard Arruda won the second open seat.

The override for the schools passed easily.

Ken Stevens won, unopposed as Treasurer, but failed his bid to combine the position with Tax Collector. That went to newcomer Caroline Gavigan-Wilson.

Here are the numbers:

Ballot question – $390,000 to cover special education demand1,206 to 999, blanks 28

Selectmen
For two seats.
Richard Arruda, 790
Peter Boncek, 362
Jack Breen, 522
Cindy Fitzgerald, 253
John Haas, 491
Susan Munford, 840
Dennis Randall, 577
Blanks, 828

Collector of taxes
Caroline Gavigan Wilson won the position of collector of taxes.
Kathleen Benassi, 244
Barbara Mulhern Capparel, 377
Diane Morlino, 95
Kelly Smith, 239
Ken Stevens, 476
Caroline Gavigan Wilson, 700
Blanks, 197

Board of  Health
Joseph Casna Jr.,1,090
Toni Cushman, 836
Blanks, 404

Assessor
Peter Boncek, 930
Jim Judge, 975
Blanks, 427

About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.