Over 3,000 Hanson voters gathered on Saturday at the Maquan Elementary School, turning down the proposed new Elementary School for a third and final time, and voting in two new faces to the Board of Selectmen.
Town Clerk Elizabeth Sloan said the 3,333 voter turnout was “ like a presidential.”
Question 1 on the proposed new Elementary School was turned down 2 to 1, with 1137 yes votes and 2177 no’s.
The proposed new school was already turned down at two Special Town Meetings prior to the election, but would have ended up on the ballot either way.
Bruce Young was the leading candidate for Selectmen with 1801 votes. William Scott followed close behind with 1509 votes. Young said this is his “second time around” as a Selectman.
Young said he felt there are much more “affordable alternatives” to the proposed $58.4 million Elementary School, half of which would have been reimbursed by the MSBA.
“We brought out a lot of facts that people didn’t have…and they voted accordingly on the school,” Young said, “It’s time for us to all come together as a community and look for the best solution to the school problem.”
Scott said he aims to immediately start working on the issues at the schools and represent the “whole town” moving forward.
“I didn’t think we could afford it based on the taxes in town,” Scott said. “[We need to] decide on our immediate needs.”
Young and Scott fill the seats of Richard Flynn and one of the losing candidates and sitting Chair, Jim Egan.
All other races were uncontested.