Voters Reject Town Clerk, Water/Sewer Charter Changes

Incumbents re-elected for Selectmen, School Committee.

With 1,266 voters at the polls Tuesday, Norton residents voted against questions 2 and 3 in the charter changes and voted in incumbents.

There were 745 votes to keep the Town Clerk position elected, while 724 voters also wanted to keep the Water and Sewer Commission positions elected. Question 1, which asked voters to approve grammatical errors, prohibit a town officer or official from simultaneously holding the office of Selectmen or Planning Board and a few other items, passed with 780 votes. More information on the charter questions can be found .

Incumbents Bradford Bramwell and Timothy Giblin were voted back to their seats on the Board of Selectmen. Bramwell had 820 votes while Giblin had 776. James Dinsel came short with 472 votes.

Deniz Savas was also re-elected to School Committee with 794 votes. Joining him is Phillip Lynch with 760. Christopher McMahon Jr. lost with 388 votes.

Steven Macek was voted into the Board of Assessors; Steve Ceckowski was voted to the Housing Authority; Joseph Fernandes and Scott Nichols were voted into the Planning Board; Danielle Sicard will remain the Town Clerk; and Steven Wiseman and Luke Grant will continue on the Water/Sewer Commission.

By 5 p.m., there were already 965 votes, about 200 more than last year. This was on track with Town Clerk Danielle Sicard's estimates that 1,200 to 1,400 would come in by 8 p.m. when polls closed.

"I think that the ballot questions and the fact that both the Selectmen and School Committee races were contested contributed to the increase in turn out from last year," Sicard said.

Bill Gouveia April 25, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Question One did a lot more than what this article states. The headline is very misleading. Question One contained far more than grammatical changes, it had a tremendous amount of important changes. About 98% of the charter changes passed today, they were not rejected. Only two were - and they were big ones, but far less important in the long run than the ones that passed.
Lauren April 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Question One was very misleading to me, and I voted incorrectly due to the fact that there was no mention of what the question actually was for. Shame on me for not reasearching the question, but I think many were confused by it, and therefore voted the wrong way!


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