GROTON -- Incumbent Selectmen Peter Cunningham and Anna Eliot won the four-way race for two board seats in the annual town election on Tuesday

Town Clerk Michael Bouchard has not released the vote tally, however, and the numbers, particularly those for Precinct 1, were still preliminary as of 9:25 p.m.

In Precincts 2 and 3, Cunningham received 400 of the 773 votes cast and Eliot collected 429 votes. Challenger Barry Pease followed them with 367 votes while the other candidate, Shane Grant, received 160 votes.

"It was close," Eliot, of Longley Road, who will now serve her third term, said of her narrow victory against Pease.

"He ran a good campaign," Eliot said of Pease, of Island Pond Road, who has served on the appointed Town Meeting Review Study Committee.

Cunningham, of Smith Street, will now serve his seventh term. He said he has already asked Pease to stay involved in town politics.

Cunningham noted the first thing on his agenda is to collect information about Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s potential interest in modifying its proposed pipeline route to make it go through Groton. Eliot sees selecting a new fire chief as among her first priorities.