Chapin, Hagerty, Schultz, Whalen winners on Election Day

Abington voters chose on Saturday to send Tim Chapin and Alex Hagerty to the Board of Selectmen, and Chris Schultz and Kevin Whalen to the Board of Health.

Hagerty and Chapin received 676 and 625 votes, respectively, narrowly edging the third board of selectmen candidate, Christine Henrickson, who received 600 votes.

The Board of Health race was even closer: Schultz received 678 votes, Whalen 583 votes, and Pond 568 votes.

Only about 10 percent of Abington’s registered voters showed up to fulfill their civic duty.

Hagerty said it winning felt “surreal” and made him proud of his choice to stay in Abington.

“A lot of people have grown up and have moved out [of Abington], but I stayed because I love my town. I get to represent my town and fight for my town,” Hagerty said. “It’s like I’m living a dream.”

Chapin, who won a second term, said he expected a tight race going up against two well-known names in town.

“It shows me that with all the hard work we’ve done over the last three years, that we’re on the right path,” Chapin said.

Schultz, who ran a write-in campaign three years ago, and became health board chairman just in time for a global pandemic, relatively cruised in his re-election bid.

“I’m thankful and appreciative of everybody’s support,” he said. “Hopefully it will be a good three years.”

Saturday was the first time Whalen was elected to a board since 1994, when he was chosen for a seat on the School Committee.

“I’m looking forward to serving the town and carrying out the mission of the Board of Health,” he said.

Saturday was the first time the Beaver Brook Elementary School served as the town’s primary voting location. Town Clerk Leanne Adams said there could be some improvements to the day’s parking plan, but felt otherwise the day went smoothly.

“I thought it was a great day,” said Adams.

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