Reading residents voted in the local election Tuesday, but the turnout was lower than expected. Of 17,594 registered voters, only 3,207 or 18.2 percent voted Tuesday.
Marsie West and Daniel Ensminger were both elected to the Board of Selectmen and Question 1, regarding the library project, passed.
Take a look at the unofficial results:Office Elected Total Votes BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Marsie K. West Yes 1,699 Mark W. Jackson No 861 Daniel A. Ensminger Yes 1,865 BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES
Richard Curtis Yes 1,532 Cherrie Dubois Yes 1,647 Elizabeth Shurland No 1,230
Alan Foulds Yes 2,308
RMLD BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Phillip Pacino (Three years) Yes 1,480 John Stempeck Jr. (Two years) Yes 1,867 David Mancuso No 1,318 David A. Talbot (Three years) Yes 1,530
Harold Croft Yes 1,993 Charles Robinson Yes
Results for the Board of Assessors will be published as soon as they are available.
New selectman Daniel Ensminger said, "I'm very grateful to the voters for giving me another spot on the board after all these years."
Ensminger is looking forward to working with the new town manager, Marsie West and the rest of the board. He believes they should "maintain what is good and improve what needs improving."
He would like to see the town improve the street repair program and maintain a "great working relationship with the school committee," he said.
"Reading has always had a great school system, we need to maintain that," he told Patch Tuesday night.
Question 1 Passed
Residents were also asked to vote on this question regarding the library project:
Shall the Town of Reading be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to renovate and expand the Reading Public Library?
The library will be renovated and expanded; 2,096 residents voted "yes" and 1,074 voted "no" on this question.
Ensminger said he understands that this may be a burden on some senior residents, but he was glad to see it pass and believes that it would have cost more money in the long run had it not passed.
Town Meeting Members
Precinct 1Name Elected Total Number of Votes William R Grace Yes 309 Steven L Perry Yes 318 Janet M Triglione Yes 309
Precinct 2Name Elected Total Number of Votes Howard D Cohen Yes 196 Denise M Iozzo Yes 219 Denise M Benard Yes 195
Precinct 3Name Elected Total Number of Votes Jane M Fiore Yes 206 Rachelle A Garcia Yes 178 John H Russell Yes 182 Margaret W Russell Yes 177
Precinct 4Name Elected Total Number of Votes Barry C Berman Yes 175 Richard H Coco Yes 147 Robert M Connors Yes 194 Glen M Hartzler Yes 156 Arthur T Hayden No 141 James T Maughan Yes 163 John F O'Neill
Yes 179 Karen A Richard Yes 183 Charlene S Bazarian No 126 Amy E Maccalous Hennessy Yes 190 Demetra Tseckares No 145
Precinct 5Name Elected Total Number of Votes Donnan S Barnes Yes 255 Robert J Ferrari Yes 223 Bo S Garrison Yes 222 Laurence F Hayes Jr Yes 228 Daniel W Knowles Yes 242 Philip Rushworth Yes 232 Kevin Walsh Yes 225
Precinct 6 did not have any candidates. Please check in with us for write in results when they become available.
Precinct 7Name Elected Total Number of Votes Brandon P Chapman Yes 268 Martin J Foodman Yes 262 John A Lippitt Yes 260 Gary D Phillips Yes 238 Jefferey W Struble Yes 279 Bryan EJ Walsh Yes 263 Marcel A Dubois Yes 244 Denise D Wyer Yes 281
Precinct 8Name Elected Number of Votes L Scott Davarich Yes 209 Olive B Hecht Yes 215 William J Hecht Sr Yes 217 Stephen W Herrick Yes 227 Kevin M Sexton Yes 219