LOCAL ELECTION ROUNDUP.
Former selectmen oust the incumbent
UXBRIDGE - Voters at yesterday's annual town election elected two former selectmen while ousting an incumbent running for a second term.
Unofficial results announced by Town Clerk Kelly Bickford about 8:25 p.m. Tuesday had Thomas F. Rice, a selectman for three years in the early 1980s, with 585 votes and Peter Baghdasarian, who lost his re-election bid last year, with 423 votes to gain three-year seats on the board.
Selectman Beth A. Pitman finished third with 407 votes in her bid for a second three-year term.
About 900 of the town's 9,982 registered voters cast ballots in the Uxbridge High School gymnasium. After announcing the results of the selectmen's race. Ms. Bickford said she would count write-in votes for several seats that did not have any candidates.
Mr. Rice attributed his victory to working hard and getting out to meet people.
"I never thought I'd be the top vote-getter," he said before walking across the gym foyer with his wife, Sandy, and embracing Ms. Pitman.
"I'm sorry," said Mr. Rice to her.
"For what?" answered Ms. Pitman, who said the low turnout on a rainy day likely was a factor in the results. She also said she thought a lot of residents in town didn't know the annual town election was yesterday.
"Who knows, it's close between Peter and I and the results were unofficial. Maybe things will change," she said.
Mr. Baghdasarian, contacted at home where he was informed of the results, said he was surprised by the vote.
He said he thought Ms. Pitman would be the top vote-getter and the other seat would go to either him or Mr. Rice.
- Bill Fortier
Rielley wins race for library board
SUTTON - Less than 3 percent of the town's 5,275 voters went to the polls yesterday; but among the 151 who voted in the annual election, which only had a contest for an at-large seat on the board of library trustees, 98 cast votes for Cynthia Rielley and 34 for Amy DiDonna.
Reached at home after the election, Ms. Rielley said, "I would like to thank all the voters who did come out and I appreciate their support."
Candidates for all other seats on the ballot were unopposed.
- Susan Spencer
CUTLINE: State Rep. Kevin Kuros, left, with his 13-year-old son, Andy, and Robert J. Dubois wait outside the Uxbridge High School gym polling place yesterday to talk with voters on their way back to their cars. Mr. Kuros, a Republican from Uxbridge, is the representative for the 8th Worcester District, which includes Uxbridge, while Mr. Dubois, of Blackstone, is a Democrat seeking to supplant him.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff/JIM COLLINS