PEPPERELL -- Margaret Scarsdale hugged her friends in celebration on Monday night after community members elected her to serve on the Pepperell Board of Selectmen.
She and other candidates awaited the results of town elections in Ayer, Pepperell and Townsend. The former two towns had a collective four contested races for municipal positions, while Townsend had no contested races.
Scarsdale beat out David Herman to earn a seat on the Pepperell Board of Selectmen with 732 votes compared to Herman's 202 votes.
"I feel very happy for our community," Scarsdale said after results were posted at Varnum Brook. "People understand that I'm committed to the work, that I'm invested in it and it just rings a bell. It resonates with people."
Thomas Casey beat out incumbent Lisa Martin for a seat as Pepperell's representative on the North Middlesex Regional School Committee with 442 votes to Martin's 426 votes.
"She ran a great race, she was a great candidate, she's going to do great as a Selectman and I couldn't be happier for her," Herman said after the results were posted.
In uncontested races in Pepperell, Michael Coffey earned 776 votes to be re-elected to the Board of Assessors, Thomas Nephew garnered 736 votes to stay chair of the Board of Public Works and Brendan McNabb scored 822 votes to regain his position on the Recreation Commission. Both Charles Putnam and Lynda Warwick earned 768 votes and 741 votes respectively to stay on the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees.
Town departments welcomed more new members to government boards. Grover Pillsbury was elected to a three-year term to the Board of Health with 541 votes, Irene Santackas-Leddy earned 743 votes to join the Housing Authority for a two-year term, Albert Patenaude Jr. was elected to the Planning Board for a four-year term with 691 votes and Kimberly Casey was elected to the Recreation Commission for a one-year term with 774.
In Pepperell's lone ballot question, which asked whether or not the town should prohibit marijuana establishments in the community, 465 residents voted yes and 439 residents voted no.
In Ayer, incumbent Christopher Hillman beat out newcomers Ruth Maxant-Schulz and Michael George Pattenden to rejoin the Board of Selectmen with 358 votes to the competition's 111 and 46 votes, while Thomas Horgan Jr. beat out challenger Samuel Goodwin Jr. to continue serving as Moderator with 343 votes to 155 votes. Both elected candidates will serve three-year terms.
Four more current officials were re-elected to their positions to serve another three-year term. James Stephen garnered 438 votes to stay a Commissioner of Trust Funds, Clark Paige earned 431 votes to continue being a Constable, Sarah Gibbons earned 449 votes to remain a Park Commissioner and Patricia Peter will stay on the Board of Health thanks to the 429 votes she picked up.
The Ayer Library Board of Trustees will welcome three new members. Robert Gardner Jr. got 455 votes to fill a seat for a three-year term. Rebecca Goff Campaner got 456 votes to serve on the board for a two-year term and Julie DeWalt won a one-year term on the board as a write-in candidate with 24 votes.
Meanwhile the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District Committee will welcome Cheryl Alfieri-Simmons thanks to her 431 votes, the Planning Board will see Jonathan Kranz join up with 424 votes and John Kilcommins took in 442 votes to become the town's new Assessor. All three newcomers will serve three-year terms.
Ayer's ballot questioned asked voters permission to assess $650,000 in real estate and personal property taxes to buy a fire engine, which voters approved 358 votes to 150 votes.
Townsend saw no contested races on Monday night, but did see officials re-elected to positions and newcomers voted into new roles. Raymond Boyes was re-elected to the Cemetery and Parks Commission with 741 votes, Susan Robbins took in 717 votes to get re-elected to the North Middlesex Regional School District Committee and Walter Mann Jr. earned 712 votes to remain the veteran member of the Trustees of Soldiers Memorials. Alison Bird and Valerie Goodrich earned 726 votes and 687 votes respectively to both stay on the Townsend Public Library Board of Trustees. All re-elected officials will serve another three-year term.
The Board of Selectmen will welcome newcomer Donald Klein, who brought in 759 votes, while the Board of Water Commissioners will welcome Todd Melanson who brought in 705 votes. Charles Sexton-Diranian will join the Planning Board for a five-year term thanks to his 656 votes.
Townsend had seven questions on its ballot, all asking if the town should prohibit specific marijuana establishments. All seven questions had majority votes of yes with question one at 508 to 405; question two at 533 to 401; question three at 555 to 381; question four at 522 to 403; question five at 511 to 414; question six 543 to 371; and question seven at 589 to 336.