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Dudley Elections Bring Out 15 Percent of Registered Voters

By Janet Stoica

Dudley’s town elections in June brought out 1,370 voters of the total registered electors of 8,923 for a 15 percent turnout.
The two select board members voted in were Jana L. Deschenes with 935 votes and Steven P. Sullivan with 718 votes. Both will serve three-year terms. David F. Durgin received 649 votes.
Running unopposed for the Treasurer/Collector’s three-year term was Richard A. Carmignani, Jr. who received 1,050 votes.  Joann C. Szymczak was voted in as Assessor for a three-year term receiving 1,057 votes while Thomas T. Chojnacki received 9 votes.
Also running unopposed was Cathleen A. Carmignani for a three-year term on the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Committee. She received 1,021 votes. The Board of Health had one opening for a three-year term and the winner was Monica F. Kaufman with 487 votes; Anna T. Chojnacki-Durgin received 352 votes; J. Theodore Zajkowski 312 votes; and Carmela M. Manzaro had 122 votes.
Sean T. Bowes and Scott E. Zajkowski were elected to three-year terms on the Water/Sewer Commission with 1,013 and 915 votes respectively. Thomas T. Chojnacki’s vote count was 8.
Three-year terms on the Planning Board went to Guy E. Horne, Jr. who collected 782 votes and Steve Watroba who received 726 votes. Thomas T. Chojnacki garnered 692 votes.
Library Trustees elected for three-year terms were Joyce M. Nierodzinski with 1,001 votes and Patricia B. Korch with 978 votes.
One ballot question passed with 686 Yes votes and 637 No votes:
 “Shall the Town of Dudley be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2-1/2, so-called, the Town’s share of the amounts required to pay for the costs of roof repairs to the Dudley Middle School Building, upgrading fire alarm panels and devices throughout the Dudley School facilities, replacing and installing cameras and video infrastructure, upgrading radio communications, conducting an architectural review of Dudley’s School buildings, and paying related professional fees associated therewith, and including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto as approved by the majority of voters by ballot vote at the Sept. 6, 2022 Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Election?”