Hamilton Selectman Jeff Hubbard won another three-year term yesterday, according to unofficial results, by a close margin — 19 votes — over challenger Shawn Farrell in a race that became heated at times. Meanwhile, in Wenham, Catherine Harrison ousted incumbent Selectman Patrick Wilson, based on ballot returns.
“It was a message from the community that they are expecting leadership to be all-inclusive of our entire community, even when there are differing opinions,” Hubbard said, reflecting on the results. He said his goal is to refocus on fundamentals and a “commonsense approach to some of the larger issues we’re looking at, like the pool, turf field and the Patton property.”
Hubbard, who works in the reverse mortgage industry and moved to town with his family several years ago, was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2011 and often found himself the lone vote among his colleagues on various spending issues.
There didn’t appear to be any bitter feelings as Hubbard and Farrell, each with their families by their side, shook hands soon after the results were announced at Winthrop School. Farrell told The Salem News, however, that he’s definitely considering running for office again.
The final tally, according to unofficial results, was 513-494.
“I think Hamilton had a good turnout today, and it was a close one. I think we knew from the beginning that it was going to be a close race, and the toughest part has just been kind of getting my name out there since I’m kind of a newcomer,” Farrell said. “So, I’m pretty happy, not as happy as I could be with the result, but happy enough.”
Harrison, thanking supporters and campaign staff, said in a brief statement that she wishes the best to Wilson and praised him for making positive contributions to Wenham. She said she looks forward to working with her new colleagues on the Board of Selectmen. Yesterday’s race was decided 466-341.