Halifax Town Clerk Barbara Gaynor has released the unofficial results from Saturday’s election, June 20, showing 628 of Halifax’s 5,874 registered voters, cast their ballot, a mere 10.70 per cent,
The ballot showed only two contests, with Highway Surveyor incumbent R. Steven Hayward getting 503 voted to Michael J. Schlieff ‘s 106.
The other contest saw Alan J Dias and Ashley DiSesa both seeking the single one-year term on the Planning Board. Dias got 312 votes to DiSesa’s 254.
For the Board of Assessors, 3-year term, John J.R. Shiavone, candidate for re-election, got 471 votes. There were 3 write-ins and 154 blanks.
Steven MacFaun won a three year term on the Board of Health with 460 votes. There were also 3 write-ins and 165 blanks.
The Housing Authority, 3-year term, no candidate drew papers, but there were 46 write-ins while 582 left it blank.
Housing Authority, 4-year term, saw Patricia McCarthy, candidate for re-election, win 436 votes. There were 4 write-ins and 188 blanks.
Richard Clark, candidate for re-election won another 5-year term on the Housing Authority with 455 votes. There were 6 write-ins and 167 blanks.
Diane Ruxton won another 3-year term on the Board of Library Trustees with 474 votes. There were 7 write-ins.
Park Commissioner, 1-year term, saw no candidate on the ballot but 40 write-ins. 588 voters left that position blank.
Park Commissioner, 3-year term, also had no candidate on the ballot, but got 31 write-ins and 597 blanks.
The Planning Board, 5-year term, race saw write-in candidate Rick Merry best Ashley DiSesa with 98 votes to her 50. There were 21 other write-in votes for the position, with 459 blanks.
Two incumbents for the Halifax Elementary School Committee 3-year term, Robert Johnson and Alison J. Vance, easily won their positions again with 402 and 418 votes respectively. There were 5 write-ins and 431 blanks for the two positions.
Edward Desharnais, Jr., a candidate for re-election, won a 3-year term on the Silver Lake Regional School Committee, with 428 votes. There were 6 write-ins and 194 blanks.
Troy E. Garron, a candidate for re-election, won a 3-year term on the Board of Selectmen with 497 votes. There were 37 write-ins, and 94 blanks.
Richard Clark won re-election to the 3-year position on the Board of Water Commissioners with 460 votes. There were 2 write-ins and 157 blanks.
The single ballot question asking “Shall the town vote to accept the provisions of section thirteen of chapter two hundred and fifty-eight of the General Laws which provides that the town shall indemnify and save harmless municipal officers, elected or appointed, from personal financial loss and expense including reasonable legal fees and costs, if any in an amount not to exceed one million dollars, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment by reason of any act or omission except an intentional violation of civil rights of any person under any law, if the official at the time of such act or omission was acting with the scope of this official’s duties and employment?”
Voting yes, 327 agreed, while 168 voted no. Evidently not caring one way or another, 133 voters left the question blank.