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Mendon Elects Agro New Town Clerk; Rejects Ballot Questions

After tallying the votes on the evening

of May 15, Mendon residents elected Ellen Agro as their new Town Clerk for the next three years. Agro was challenged by Jody Kurczy with Agro winning the close race by a vote of 274 to 236. In addition, there were 11 ballots left blank and one write for the position.

Agro is taking the place of long-time clerk Margaret Bonderenko, who recently retired after serving in the position for 18 years. Agro's first official day was May 23. "I'm grateful to the residents of Mendon for their support and I'm excited to begin this new adventure and serve the town as their new Town Clerk," she said.

Voters rejected two questions on the ballot. Question 1 asked voters whether or not the Town Clerk's position should be changed from elected to appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Question 1 was

defeated by a vote of 381 to 117 and 24 leaving the question blank. Question 2 asked voters if the Highway Surveyor's position should be appointed versus elected and was also defeated with 292 saying

no and 207 voting yes; 23 voters left the question blank.

A number of other residents ran for various seats unchallenged and included incumbent Chris Burke who ran for the three-year Board of Selectman's seat and received 366 votes, 139 ballots were left blank, and 17 write ins. In addition, Leigh Martin ran for Mendon Upton Regional School District School Committee for three years and received 376 votes, 143 blank ballots, and three write ins.

Other candidates included Jay Byer, who ran for Moderator for one year, received 416 votes with 101 blank ballots and five write ins. Thomas Fichtner, who ran for the Board of Health's three-year-seat, received 395 votes and 127 blank ballots and Kevin

Rudden, who ran for the Assessor's three year seat, received 387 votes, 134 blank ballots, and one write in. James Quirk, who ran for Planning Board for five years, received 389 votes, 130 blank ballots, and three write ins.

Thomas Belland for Park Commissioner for three years received 405 votes and 117 blank ballots, and Matthew O'Brien, who ran for Water Commissioner for three years, received 367 votes, 150 blank ballots, and five write ins.

Kelley Aubut for Taft Library Trustee for three years received 395 votes, 126 blank ballots, and one write in and Mary Garagliano for Housing Authority for five years received 407 votes and 115 blank ballots.

Out of 4,325 registered voters, 522 residents came out to vote in the Town Election, about 12 percent.


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