It wasn’t voter apathy that drew only 290 voters to the Middleboro polls on Saturday, but rather a lack of contested races. Even though the winners were a shoo-in, Roger Lobban turned out to vote because it’s his civic duty. “I always vote,” Lobban said.
Almost 16,000 people are eligible to vote in Middleboro, but only 1.8 percent turned out, said Town Clerk Allison Ferreira. Elections typically cost about $12,000 to run so each vote on Saturday cost taxpayers almost $42. Ferreira doesn’t think it was voter apathy, and said many don’t have enough time in their busy lives to hold office. It’s status quo for most boards in Middleboro, except for newcomers Christian A. Ruehrwein to the Finance Committee and Theresa M. Hubbard-Scott to the Gas & Electric Commission. Incumbent Selectman Allin J. Frawley returns to the Board of Selectmen along with former finance committee member Diane C. Stewart. Other returning incumbents include: Brian P. Giovanoni and Richard C. Gillis to the School Committee; Diane A. Maddigan to the Board of Assessors; William B. Garceau to the Planning Board; Glenn W. Lydon and Judith A. Bigelow-Costa to the Park Commission and Arlene R. Dickens to the Housing Authority. A second seat is up for grabs on the Finance Committee through a write-in vote and Ferreira expects to have the tally within a few days.