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Gilliland ousts Hatch in Willsboro

— Shaun Gilliland will remain on the Willsboro Town Council, but he will be moving to the head chair.

The current councilman will be the new Supervisor of Willsboro after receiving 505 votes in the Nov. 5 General Election. Incumbent Supervisor Ed Hatch received 287 votes.

"I was absolutely blown away when I first heard the results," Gilliland said. "I guess my message was heard and Willsboro wants to move in a new direction. I am really humbled and know that I am up for the job. I want to thank the voters for their support and I will work hard and diligently for the betterment of the town."

Gilliland wished his opponent the best and said he looks forward to working with him during the transition.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Ed on the board," he said. "There are a lot of things that we have been working on together that I plan to continue."

In the race for town council, Lorilee Sheehan received the most votes of the five candidates with 437. Incumbent Charles Lustig, Jr., received 424 to remain a member of the council, while Lane Sayward received 314. Incumbent Nancy Huestis and John "Jack" Thompson each received 133 votes.

While town voters decided two positions on the council, a third will have to be chosen at the beginning of next year as Gilliland will be giving up his seat to take over the position of Supervisor.

"This is a town board decision, but I believe that the voters have given their weighted decision and that should weigh on the board in who they select," Gilliland said on the topic of who should replace him as a councilperson.

Also in Willsboro, Bridget Brown defeated Richard Sayeard, 647-95, for the position of town clerk.

In the race for highway superintendent, Travis Crowningshield was tabbed as the replacement for long-time head Pete Jacques with 372 votes. Scott Moran received 268 votes in finishing second.

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