Terry defeats Bitar, Laferriere for school board post

CHARLTON — Karen Spiewak and Jamie Terry were the big winners on Election Day.

Spiewak was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen with nearly 59 percent of votes cast in a race with Lucas Stevens, whom she defeated by a 132-vote margin.

Jamie Terry was the winner a three-way race for a three-year seat on the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee with 44 percent of the vote. Terry beat out Samir Bitar and Kenny Laferriere for the position. Terry received 341 votes, Laferriere had 282 votes, and Bitar picked up 146 votes.

Bitar took to social media to congratulate Terry on her victory. “Congratulations to Jamie Terry on her election to the School Committee! I knew going into this, it was a long shot since I am so new to town. Thanks to everyone who voted and I will continue to support our schools in other ways.”

Bridgett Groh narrowly edged out Ralph W. Harris Jr. by 26 votes for a three-year term as Cemetery Commissioner. Diane Doherty received 56 percent of the votes in a head-to-head race with Kevin Morin for Recreation Commissioner, taking the post by 82 votes. For the Planning Board, incumbent Peter Starkus received 57 percent of the vote against write-in candidate Don Clay, winning 379-282.

Unchallenged on the ballot and re-elected were David Singer to the Board of Selectmen, Stephanie Reed to the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee, Clarence Bachand to the Southern Worcester County Regional School Committee, Geralyn Babineau to the Housing Authority, and Trustees of the Charlton Public Library Frances Mower and Stefan Sage. Elected without a challenger were Theodore George Jr. to the Board of Assessors, Russell Jennings to the Water and Sewer Commission, Alycia Dzik to the Planning Board, and Kathleen Walker to the Board of Health.

Polls were open at the Heritage School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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