Thursday, March 31, 2011

Election Round-Up

Election coverage from the local papers, in brief:

• Diane Lederman,  "Ousted Jones Library trustee president Patricia Holland declines to seek recount in Amherst town election," The Republican, 30 March:
AMHERST - Patricia G. Holland who lost her bid for reelection to the Jones Library Board of Trustees by five votes said she will not seek a recount.

Holland, who has been the board president, said she will not apply for the vacancy that will be filled Monday night by a joint vote of the trustees and Select Board.

Holland said she was surprised by the outcome. “I should have done more campaigning,” she said.

Political newcomer Michael Wolff beat Holland for one of two seats 665 to 660. Incumbent Christopher J. Hoffmann easily won reelection for the second seat with 832 votes. In the only other contested race at Monday’s annual town election, Amherst Redevelopment Authority incumbent Aaron A. Hayden beat a challenge from Vincent J. O’Connor 880 to 504. (read the rest)

• Scott Merzbach, "Amherst voters oust library president, re-elect Aaron Hayden to ARA post," Daily Hampshire Gazette, 30 March:
AMHERST - The incumbent president of the Jones Library trustees, who was part of a subcommittee that caused controversy last summer during its evaluation of the former library director, was narrowly defeated in a re-election bid Tuesday.

Patricia Holland, vying for her third, three-year term, tallied 660 votes at the townwide elections, finishing behind incumbent Chris Hoffmann with 832 votes and newcomer Michael Wolff with 665 votes in a three-way race for two seats.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hayden retained his five-year post on the Amherst Redevelopment Authority, holding off a challenge by longtime Town Meeting member Vincent O'Connor, 880-504. Hayden, who backs the Gateway Redevelopment District in town, said the vote shows residents' support for the mixed-use project. (read the rest)

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