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May 14, 2014

In Newbury, incumbent Story loses re-election bid

NEWBURY – Voters ousted three-term incumbent Selectmen Joe Story in yesterday’s town election.

In a three way contest, voters chose political newcomer Damon Jespersen with 518 votes, and returned incumbent selectman David Mountain with 478 votes. The two men join Chuck Bear, Michael Bulgaris, and Geoff Walker on the five-member board.

Story, a lifelong Newbury resident, won 407 votes. There were 311 blank ballots.

“People voted and they wanted something different, and that’s the process,” said Story. “I’m disappointed but I congratulate Damon, he worked hard for it.”

Bear said he will miss Story on the Board of Selectmen, adding that he has been “a big part of the board.”

Jespersen couldn’t be reached for comment by presstime. Mountain thanked the citizens who voted for him and said he’s do his best for all Newbury residents.

In the only other contested race on the ballot, Jeffrey “Clamma” Janvrin bested Arthur Costonis 466-226 for a spot as Fish Commissioner.

Candidates elected in non-contested races are George Morse, Planning Board; Dina Sullivan, Triton Regional School Committee;Charles Colby, Jr., Constable; Sanford Wechsler, Board of Assessors; Patrick Gormley, Trustee of the First Settlers Burial Ground; Peter Hollis, Tree Warden; Steven Fram, Board of Health; Margaret Grimes and Jeffrey Wardwell, Board of Library Trustees; and Moderator, Christopher Armstrong.

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