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Waterford races might be headed for recount

By Johanna Somers

Publication: theday.com

Published November 06. 2013 7:00PM   Updated November 06. 2013 7:42PM

Waterford — The Board of Education race and the Representative Town Meeting district two race could be recounted in the coming days and the Zoning Board of Appeals will have one more member on it than initially thought on election night.

Board of Education candidate Lisa Marie Barry, a Republican, received 1,392 votes and Democrat Jessica McLaughlin received 1,378 votes. The 14-vote difference triggers a recount.

Waterford Town Clerk Bob Nye said that the town contacted the Democrat Town Committee Chairman Bill Sheehan to find out whether the Democrat candidates want to waive the recount. Nye said if they don’t hear back by Thursday afternoon they would go ahead and plan for a recount on Wednesday, which is the last day to have the recount.

The candidates in question for the RTM district two race are Republican Michael J. Hannan with 325 votes and Democrat Atul R. Shah with 308 votes.

There was a change in which candidates won seats on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Tuesday night the town reported that Republican Barbara A. Panciera and Democrat Joshua A. Friedman won, but it turns out that Republican Francisco J. Ribas also won a seat because there was another vacancy.

The ballot should have read, “select three candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals,” Nye said. There was an error in the ballot, he said.

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