SALISBURY — Voters spoke yesterday, electing Wilma McDonald as the newest member of the five-member Board of Selectman.
McDonald took the election with a tally of 759 votes, compared to rival candidate Gilbert Medeiros’ 225 votes. Nearly 1,000 of the town’s 5,887 registered voters turned out for the election, according to Salisbury Town Clerk, Melinda Morrison.
“I’m thrilled,” said McDonald. “Great people helped me out.”
“I want to thank everyone who supported me,” Medeiros said after congratulating McDonald. “Hopefully it won’t be the last time you see me.
Also elected, although running unopposed, were Monique Greilich, Salisbury’s newest representative on the Triton School Committee. In Rowley, representative Richard Cummings was re-elected to the committee, as was Newbury’s Dina Sullivan.
McDonald, 66, has a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College, and has lived in Salisbury for 35 years, spending 24 of those years as the town clerk before retiring last November. She’s also served on the Salisbury Zoning Board of Appeals, Arts Lottery Council, Block Grant Advisory Committee, the Town Manager Screening Committee, and is a member of Salisbury’s Democratic Town Committee.
Seeing erosion at the beach as one of the community’s most immediate problems, McDonald said, long term Salisbury needs to enhance and complement its business community and neighborhoods. She ran for office because her experiences as town clerk gave her a broad knowledge of the town and its residents, believing she can put that to good use serving as a selectman.
“I love Salisbury,” McDonald said, “and want to give back and continue moving the town forward in a positive way.”
McDonald will take the seat on the Board of Selectmen vacated by retiring Selectman Fred Knowles, who was first elected in 2005. After nine consecutive years on the board, Knowles said it’s time for a break, although he’ll continue volunteering if Salisbury needs him, he said.