I was elected yesterday to the West Brookfield Board of Selectmen.
On a beautiful spring day, 621 of West Brookfield's 2,159 registered voters, about 28 percent of the total, went to the polls - a very impressive turnout for a local election in which there was one race to be decided. I received 400 votes, or 64.4 percent of the total. My opponent, former Quaboag Regional School Committee member Diane S. Vayda, received 219 votes, or 35.3 percent.
This is a victory for West Brookfield. There is now a real opportunity for the Town to build the confidence that its citizens have in the services it provides. I'm looking forward to working with Selectmen Barry Nadon and Tom Long to build that confidence.
During the campaign, I really got to see how beautiful and friendly West Brookfield is. I knocked on almost 600 doors since mid-March - something like half the households in West Brookfield. While this was hard work, it was a real treat to see the town's natural beauty in a way that it can't be seen from a moving car. It was also heartening to see the reaction of those whom I visited in my door-to-door campaign - that reaction was almost uniformly friendly. Perhaps they were relieved that I wasn't a Jehovah's Witness, but I think that many people were pleased that a candidate cared enough to ask them for their vote.
There's one more thing. I had a great group of supporters - I couldn't have done this without them. They have my deep and humble thanks.
Now the hard work begins.