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Woodward, Simon win new Sudbury Selectmen seats

Posted by John Swinconeck  June 26, 2013 11:08 AM

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In tight races, Charles C. Woodward and Leonard A. Simon were both elected as Sudbury’s newest selectmen Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted by the Town Clerk.

In the race for a two-year seat on the board, Woodard defeated Thaddeus T. Gozdeck by only 25 votes, or 2,267 to 2,242.

Candidate Eric Poch announced June 17 that he was withdrawing from the race, citing family and work commitments. Despite the announcement, Poch still garnered 355 votes. There were 511 blanks cast and 15 write-ins.

In the race for a three-year seat, Simon defeated Daniel A. DePompei by 305 votes, or 2,570 to 2,265. There were 541 blanks cast and 14 write-ins.

The winners join three current selectmen, Lawrence O’Brien, John Drobinski and Robert Haarde, to create a new five-member board. Residents, led by Michael Troiano, voted to expand the board to five members as a way to increase representation and help spread the workload out among more people.

Sudbury voters also approved two ballot questions.

Question 1 exempts the town from Proposition 2 ½ in order to provide services to design a new police headquarters on Hudson Road. That measure narrowly passed by 90 votes, or 2,617 to 2,527. There were 246 blanks.

Voters approved Question 2, which seeks $700,000 in property taxes for traffic improvements to the Town Center, passed by 354 votes, of 2,791 to 2,437, with 168 blanks.

Mirroring state-wide results in the special Senate election, Sudbury voters cast 3,179 votes for Edward J. Markey, and 2,303 for Gabriel Gomez. Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard A. Heos won 32 votes and there were 14 write-ins.

According to the Clerk’s office, 5,390 votes were cast, representing 45 percent of the town's 12,047 registered voters. That number well exceeded the state average of 27 percent.

Contact John Swinconeck at johnswinc@gmail.com. Follow @johnswinc on Twitter.

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