DRACUT -- Three-term Selectman Bob Cox lost his bid for re-election to a fourth term in Monday's town election, in a race that featured the incumbent, Cox, vying against three challengers for two open seats on the board.
Cox, who received 1,379 votes to finish in third place, was ousted from his seat by winning candidates Tami Dristiliaris and Alison Hughes. who led the four-candidate field with 1,724 and 1,495 votes, respectively.
Ted Kosiavelon finished fourth in the selectmen's race with 1,362 votes.
In the race for one, three-year seat on the School Committee, two-term incumbent Matthew Sheehan won re-election to a fourth term, defeating first-time candidate and admitted political novice, Michelle McCarthy, a mother with young children in the Dracut schools. Sheehan collected 1,819 votes to McCarthy's 1,508
In the race for an elected five-year commissioner's seat on the Dracut Housing Authority, incumbent Brian Bond, who wished to shift from being the current governor's designated board member to becoming an elected member, was overtaken by a strong challenge from Planning Board Chairman Jessie Forcier. In winning election to the seat vacated by incumbent Ken Cunha, who did not seek re-election, Forcier received 1,881 votes, with Bond the runner-up, receiving 1,497 votes.
In the fourth hotly contested race of Monday's election, a majority of voters chose Joseph Espinola III to represent Dracut on the Greater Lowell Technical School Committee, serving the interests of residents and more than 300 Dracut students who attend the school.
Incumbent Victor Olson received 1,606 votes, finishing second to Espinola, a former Lowell Police Department officer, by only 27 votes.
Running uncontested, Town Moderator Leo Gaudette was reelected for another one-year term.
Also uncontested, Town Clerk Kathy Graham was reelected to her dual role as School District Clerk. And Dracut Water Supply District Commissioner Bill Morin was returned to his seat for another three years.
According to Graham, Monday's election turnout was 3,560, or 17.3 percent of 20,575 registered voters.
Read more about the Dracut's town election results in Tuesday's edition of the Lowell Sun, or at www.lowellsun.com.