NEWBURY – Incumbent Charles “Chuck” Bear staved off a challenge from Michael Doyle at yesterday’s town election, retaining his three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. The final tally was Bear 751 to Doyle 675.
In other contests, incumbent David Powell beat Mary Chick, 655 to 509, for 5-years on the Planning Board; Charles Alan Colby, Jr defeated David Balkus, 751 to 414, for a 1-year term as Constable; and Jeffrey “Clamma” Janvrin squeaked past David Elwell and Russell Iwanowicz for a 1 year seat as Fish Commissioner. Janvrin received 414 to Elwell’s 412 votes with Iwanowicz garnering 226.
Prior to the close of the polls, Bear appeared confident about his chances in the race. When reached at the start of a selectmen’s meeting held at Town Hall last night, he took a moment to reflect on his past term and talked briefly about what he would tackle if given another three years.
Of all his accomplishments, Bear is most proud of his vote in 2011 to bring Town Administrator Tracy Blais on board. “That was huge,” he said.
Going forward, he hopes selectmen will work with the Capital Needs Committee to continue to implement a new road improvement plan using funds from the Land Sale Account. Bear cites Church, Moody and Hay Streets as top priorities.
He will push for the town to bring water service down Route 1 and although he would also like to see sewers installed there as well, Bear admits that is “pie in the sky” at this point.
He’ll continue to support ongoing efforts to upgrade zoning bylaws regarding the Light Business District and will insist that a program now in place to re-nourish the barrier beach is kept current.
Bear has lived in town for 58 of his 60 years and served twice before as selectmen -- from 2004-2006 and 2010 – 2013.
Waiting with his wife for results at the Precinct 1 polling place, Doyle, 60, also appeared to sense the writing on the wall. “Whatever the results, I gave it my best. No regrets,” he said.
Doyle contends that by challenging the incumbent he will have made Bear a better selectman this term. After learning of the final results from Town Clerk Leslie Haley, Doyle and his campaign team planned to head over to Beachcoma Restaurant for a post-election party.
“There’s always next year,” he said with a smile.
Other winners on the ballot yesterday were:
Assessor (3 yr.) – Peter Murphy
Board of Health (3 yr.) – Alba L. Gouldthorpe
Constable (4 yr.) – James A. Cunningham (I)
Fish Commissioner (3 yr.) – Charles A. Colby
Library Trustee (3 yr.) – Richard J. Passeri
Tree Warden (1 yr.) – Peter W. Hollis
Trustee First Settlers Burial Ground (3 yr.) Douglas A. Noyes
Winners for seats on the Triton Regional School Committee were Robin S. Williams, Newbury; Paul Lees and Richard Cummings, Rowley; and Deborah Choate, Salisbury.
There was no candidate on the ballot for a 2 year unexpired term as Trustee of the First Settlers Burial Ground but the 189 write ballots cast last night remained to be counted.