Essex County goes to the polls

Kristy Sprague, running unopposed, received heavy support to serve another term as Essex County District Attorney.

Kristy Sprague, running unopposed, received heavy support to serve another term as Essex County District Attorney.

— Voters throughout Essex County made their choices in town elections as well as showing support for the District Attorney.

Kristy Sprague received 6,788 as an unopposed candidate for re-election to the DA position, while coroner Francis Whitelaw received 5,394 votes in his uncontested re-election bid.

In Chesterfield, incumbent town councilman Richard Klages was re-elected with 479 votes and will be joined by Clayton Barber, who received 372. Brian LaFountain finished third with 266 votes. Supervisor Gerald Morrow was not up for election this year, currently in the middle of a four year term.

In Jay, Supervisor Randy Douglas received 663 votes running unopposed. Incumbent council members Archie Depo (593) and Amy Shalton (524) were each voted back for another term. Fred Balzac received 277 votes to round out the field. Chris Garrow was re-elected as highway superintendent with 473 votes compared to 319 cast for challenger William Lincoln, Sr. In the race for town tax collector, Valerie Coolidge led Tina Fenton, 380-367, with 41 absentee ballots received by the Essex County Board of Elections to be counted next week.

In the now-void race for Jay town justice, Rodney Dockum received 197 votes, while incumbent Robert Minogue received 146 and Rosamond Lincoln-Day 137. The position up for election was eliminated by the Jay town board in July and confirmed through a permissive referendum vote Oct. 16.

Bill Ferebee received 111 votes running uncontested for the position of Keene Supervisor, while Gary Manley received 119 votes in being elected as the highway superintendent against Ryan Hall (23).

David Blades received 253 votes to return as Lewis Supervisor, while Kathleen Robertson earned 167 votes in the race for town tax collector against Amy Chapuk (115).

Randy Preston received 146 votes in his re-election to the Supervisor position in Wilmington. Gerald Bruce also won re-election to the position of town clerk with 186 votes against 63 cast for Linda Lawrence.

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