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One vote separates Natick town moderator contenders

Posted by John C. Drake March 28, 2007 12:06 PM

NATICK

Natick Town Moderator Paul E. Connolly has a one-vote lead over challenger Frank Foss, according to official results from last night's town-wide election. Connolly received 1,760 votes to Foss' 1,759 votes, according to the tally.

Natick Town Clerk Jane Hladick said candidates have ten days to file for a recount, but that she expects the request to come sooner than that.

Hladick could not say how long the recount would take.

"I'm sure they're going to want every precinct, so it will take a while," she said.

Hladick's replacement also was decided last night. Judi Kuhn, an administrative assistant in the clerk's office, defeated Diane Packer with 56 percent of the vote to take over the $73,000-a-year job. Hladick, who is retiring, will remain on the job until Apr. 10.

Two new members are joining the School Committee. Anne E. Blanchard and Anne LaPlace Zernicke won election along with incumbent David J. Murphy in the six-person race for three seats on the panel.

And in an uncontested race, Kristine M. Van Amsterdam claimed a seat on the Board of Selectmen along with incumbent John Ciccaariello.

Voter turnout in Natick was 19 percent. Here are the official results.

-- John C. Drake

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