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(UPDATED 9:10 p.m.) Election Notebook: Final Votes Being Cast, Candidates GatherTo Hear Results (Videos, Photos)

Apr 07, 2018 03:10PM ● By Bill Gilman
Updated 9:10 p.m.
  • The votes are in and the winners have been decided. Incumbent Mark Kratman has been re-elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. But Kratman had to settle for second place among the three men in the race. Challenger Brian Dick, the former chairman of the School Committee, was the top vote getter with 1,305 votes. Kratman was second with 1,226. Board of Health member George Ferdinand was unsuccessful in his second bid to join the Board of Selectmen, placing third with 514 votes.
  • Eric Ryder rolled to a surprisingly easy win in the three-way race for the two-year term on the Planning Board with 1.071 votes. Russell Fisette was a distant second (300) and Ray Lisiecki placed third (297).
  • Voter turnout was just 8.21 percent, with only 1,796 of 21,887 registered voters casting ballots. 
  • Click here for final vote totals in every race.

Updated 7:10 p.m.
  • Less than an hour left before the polls close in Tewksbury at 8 p.m.
  • Board of Selectmen candidate candidate says he will be awaiting results with his team at Mavericks in South Tewksbury.
  • No technical glitches reported with any of the election equipment today. 
  • The consensus opinion is that the three-person race for the two-year seat on the Planning Board could be very close.
  • Tip of the cap to incumbent School Committee member Jamie Cutelis. He and Dennis Francis had no challengers in their bid for re-election but Cutelis and his team were still out holding signs along Main Street in front of the library. Never take anything for granted.

Updated at 6:15 p.m.
  • A question was raised about whether there was a chance this could be the lowest turnout ever, or at least in recent memory, for Tewksbury. Oh, how quickly they forget. Or maybe it was repressed. In 2015, with just one contested race on the ballot (Keith Anderson vs. George Ferdinand for Planning Board) just 946 ballots were cast. That represented a paltry 4.7 percent of the 20,073 registered voters that year. That total should easily be topped this year.
  • We will be broadcasting the results of the election live, as they are announced, tonight from Town Hall, starting at 8 p.m. on the YourTewksbury Today Facebook page.

Updated at 5:15 p.m.
  • There are less than three hours until the polls close in Tewksbury. 
  • A quick swing around to the various polling locations at 5 p.m. shows far few election volunteers holding signs for candidates than there were earlier today. Some will begin to gather at Town Hall around 8 p.m., awaiting the official results.
  • Turnout continues to be very light. A 10 percent turnout might be optimistic.
  • The weather is one factor that can't be blamed for the low turnout today. Polls opened to cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 30s. However, the sun was shining brightly for much of the day with a high temperature of 48 early in the afternoon.
  • Dracut Selectman Tony Archinski was in town today, holding signs on behalf of Tewksbury incumbent Selectman Mark Kratman.
  • One set of signs being held today might not have been recognized by residents. They featured the name of Pina Prinzivalli. The Tewskbury Republican is challenging longtime state Rep. Jim Miceli for his 19th Middlesex District seat in the Legislature.

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

With just two contested races on the ballot (Planning Board, Board of Selectmen) and a general lack of controversy, voter turnout has been very light in the early hours of the Tewksbury Municipal Election on Saturday.
By early afternoon, none of the four local polling places (Public Library, Senior Center, Town Hall and Recreation Center) had cracked 300 voters.
 Depending on who you asked, predictions are for a turnout of between 2,000 and 2,500 voters.
In 2017, with a hotly contested race for the Board of Selectmen topping the ticket, 2,363 (11.0 percent) of the town's 21,470 registered voters cast ballots.
With Such a low turnout, candidates are spending the day trying to generate any additional votes possible, while making sure their core supporters get to the polling places to cast their ballots by 8 p.m.
Brian Dick, running for one the two available seats on the Board of Selectmen, is spending much of the day holding signs at the library. Incumbent Mark Kratman has been circulating between all four polling places. Challenger George Ferdinand has been doing sign-holding, as well but he also spent a couple of hours outside the Oakdale Mall Market Basket, doing some last-minute handshaking and campaigning.
Click here for our comprehensive 2018 Tewksbury Municipal Election Guide.

We have been catching up with the candidates for the contested races for video interviews. interviews. They can be found below.




Interview with George Ferdinand, candidate for selectman

Interview with Russ Fisette, candidate for Planning Board

Interview with Eric Ryder, candidate for Planning Board

Interview with Selectman Mark Kratman, candidate for re-election

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