Boisen holds lead, but Walls waiting for absentee ballots

Essex super candidates separated by eight votes

— With around 47 absentee ballots left to be counted, incumbent Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen holds a narrow nine-vote lead after the Nov. 8 General Election.

According to the unofficial totals released by the Essex County Board of Elections, Boisen received 150 votes in her second run and first re-election bid for the position, while challenger Frank Walls received 142 votes.

Boisen said that she feels the outcome will not be turned by the absentee count.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do this again for another two years,” Boisen said. “I’m proud that the people believe that it is a good thing for me to be here.”

Boisen said that she hopes to continue to get the affairs of the town in order while looking forward to new challenges.

“We need to start looking at the aging water system and what we are going to do with it,” Boisen said. “That is the next big project on the horizon.”

Walls said that he would reserve comment on the outcome until the results were official.

“I want to reserve comment until the absentee ballots are counted,” Walls said. “I do want to thank everyone who voted for me, and I’m really proud of the way that I ran my campaign.”

James Morgan Jr. won re-election as the Superintendent of Highways in Essex, receiving 217 votes while challenger David Murcray Jr., received 60 votes.

David Sayre (179) and Patricia Gardner (154) were elected as assessors for the town. Grace Drummond, who said that she did not want to be elected to the position after Gardner submitted a petition, received 72 votes.

In uncontested races, Catherine DeWolf received 195 votes for town clerk, while Stephen Sayward received 197 votes as town justice. Mark Wrisley (179) and Harold MacDougal (175) each won re-election to the town council.

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