Abington voters elected Katie VanNest and Aaron Christian to the Board of Health, Rick Shepherd to the Planning Board, and Danielle Grafton to the School Committee during the town’s annual elections Saturday.
“I’m super excited,” said VanNest, who was the top vote getter in her race. “I’m thankful to be joining the Board of Health team and ready to get to work.”
The Planning Board and School Committee races were particularly close. Shepherd edged out Michelle Kearney by 30 votes, 356 to 326. John Warner received 110 votes.
In the race for School Committee, Grafton was elected to a second term with 419 votes; challenger Nicole Emery received 358 votes.
“I am overwhelmed by the support of the community,” Grafton said. “An amazing Abington teacher used to write ‘proud work’ on my son’s papers. I am looking forward to another three years of doing proud work for our schools. Thank you for your confidence in me. I won’t disappoint.”
For the two 3-year Board of Health seats, VanNest garnered 458 votes. Christian, the current board chairman, received 567, and Jaimi Pinola earned 259.
“It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve the Town of Abington and I’m looking forward to the next three years,” Christian said.
VanNest and Christian will be joined on the Board of Health by Lisa Bezanson and Clay Kelly. Bezanson ran unopposed for a 1-year term, and Kelly wasn’t opposed for a 2-year term.
All other races were uncontested. Kevin DiMarzio was reelected to the Board of Selectmen; Ann Welch was elected to the Board of Assessors; Carolyn Murray, Gerald Haas, and Laura Brink to the Board of Library Trustees; Michael Donovan to a 3-year term on the Sewer Commission; William Cormier to a 1-year term on the Sewer Commission; John Tassinari to the Joint Water Works Board; and Wayne Crothers to the Housing Authority.
Turnout was disappointing, despite the nice weather. Just 876 Abington residents voted, or less than 10 percent of the town’s registered voters.