WEST NEWBURY — The votes are in and David Archibald is the newest member on the Board of Selectmen. By a tally of 245 to 51, Archibald bested newcomer Frank Sisto at the annual town election yesterday.
Of the town’s 3,500 voters, 304, or less than 10 percent, took a ballot at polls in the Town Annex yesterday.
In the only other contested race, Robert Janes beat Dennis Unger for a spot on the Board of Water Commissioners. The vote was 165 to 95. Janes said his priority would be to come up with a sustainable source of water.
A ballot question to make the Board of Assessors an appointed rather than elected position failed, 152 to 115.
There were 22 write-ins for Housing Authority, with Bert Knowles Jr. winning the most, and 14 for the Board of Assessors, with Richard Baker named the winner.
“I’m cold but happy,” Archibald said after standing outside holding a sign before the results were in.
A 21-year resident, Archibald attended Tufts University and Harvard College and owns a dentistry business in Groveland. He and his wife, Marilyn, have three grown children. As amember of the Finance Committee since 2010 and its chair for the past four years, Archibald sees as his top priority as finding ways to adequately fund the operational and capital needs of the town and the schools without overburdening residential property owners, who make up the majority of the tax base.
He promises to be open-minded, represent all residents and work to find consensus. And he “hopes to have some fun doing it.”
Also elected to municipal office yesterday were Chris Reading, Pentucket School Committee; M. Dorothy Cavanaugh, R. Bruce Hamilton and Judith W. Marshall for three seats on the Board of Library Trustees; Brian Murphey for Planning Board; Blake Seale, Board of Health; and Allison Hammett, Parks and Recreation commissioner.