Halifax’s annual town election reflects its ongoing Annual Town Meeting. Last year 157 voters came to the polls. This year, 1,229. The 24 percent turnout shows a relatively active electorate compared to the 11 and 13 percent turnout in nearby towns.
Voters decided three contested races. Incumbent Silver Lake School Committee member Edward Deshanais won with 499 votes to challenger Mark Aubrey’s 432. In the race for assessor for the one-year term Holly Merry won with 656 votes to Dorothy Lamoureux’ 352. The race with the most interest was for Highway Supervisor, the DPW director in other towns. Bob Badore won re-election with 631 votes over challenger Gordon Andrews with 532 votes.
The ballot also contained two questions. Question 1 asked for an override to buy a former restaurant and renovate it as a senior center. Town Meeting twice rejected the proposal and so did election voters, 709 to 472. Question 2 asked to make the elected treasurer/collector an appointed position. It failed 628 to 488 votes.