Three out of five Representative Town Meeting members who moved from District 1 to District 3 this year have been voted off of the town’s legislative body. David Kahn, current chairman of the Public Works Committee, Jose Cepeda and Robert Kernan will no longer be serving as RTM members after Election Day results favored District 3 incumbents and a few others. They received 558, 522 and 587 votes, respectively.
Cassandra Hegarty and Holly Schulz were the only D-1 members elected to continue serving in D-3. Hegarty actually received the most votes for the entire district at 846, according to the registrar of voters office. She also helped run Democrat Rob Werner’s failed bid for Republican Terrie Wood’s state House seat this year.
Schulz garnered 762 votes.
Seven members were forced to run in D-3 after the town redrew district lines, moving two people from the D-5 and five from D-1 into D-3.
Longtime RTM member Jack Davis kept a seat, after moving from D-5 to D-3 and getting 788 votes, as did Dr. Robert George, who garnered 802 votes. District Chairman Steve Olvany kept his seat with 800 votes, as did Dennis Maroney, who got 780 votes.
The RTM meets on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for an organizational meeting and to choose a new moderator. Longtime RTM moderator Karen Armour decided not seek re-election this year. Sarah Seelye is the expected replacement as moderator, but RTM members can nominate anyone on the RTM to serve in the position. The RTM holds the legislative powers for the town and is comprised of 100 members representing the town’s six districts
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