Hanover: Annual election results are in

Just over 600 Hanover voters came out on Saturday to vote in the annual town election.

The election was held at Hanover High School. Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier said the 610 voter turnout was more than last year’s.

“Last year we had under 500 voters at the annual town election,” Harder-Bernier said, “…it’s unfortunately a low number…but it’s more than last year so I’ll take it; we’re trending in the right direction.”

Ruth Lynch and Kimberly Mills-Booker now fill the two vacant seats on the School Committee. Mills-Booker said it felt “amazing” to win the race.

“I think the school’s in Hanover are really great and I would like to continue on that trajectory,” Mills-Booker said, “I think that the best thing for the school is to develop a well rounded student, so I look forward to meeting those needs of Hanover.”

The ballot question to make the Town Clerk’s position appointed instead of elected failed, with 94 yes votes and 412 no’s.

Three of the five positions with no candidates are filled as long as those elected accept.

The three-year Housing Authority position is still being counted. Harder-Bernier said they will have those results on Monday.

The one-year Board of Assessor’s position resulted in a tie. Harder-Bernier said this is referred to as “failure to elect.” She added that the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Assessors will meet to appoint someone to that position.

All other races were uncontested.

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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.