YOUR CHOICE ’23: Donovan, Djusberg, Coyle, Whitney, Hughes win

Kevin Donovan and Suzanne Djusberg are Abington’s newest selectmen, Chris Coyle is returning to the School Committee alongside Melanie Whitney, and Bruce Hughes won his sixth term on the Planning Board.

In his return bid for the board, Donovan, a long-time municipal administrator, pulled in 933 votes, winning four out of five precincts. Djusberg, the former Abington Council on Aging director making her first run for public office earned 887 votes and won Precinct 5. Incumbent Selectmen Chairman Alex Bezanson lost his bid for reelection with 621 votes.

“I’m very pleased with the turnout and the vote that I got,” Donovan said. “It’s heartening that the people of Abington have gone with someobody who has the experience and will be ready to go on the board and assist as we move forward.”

Melanie Whitney, who was also making her first run for public office, topped the ticket for Abington School Committee, collecting 903 votes, and winning four out of five precincts. Incumbent board Chairman Chris Coyle was elected to his third term, winning 868 votes. Nicole Emery finished third with 683 votes.

“I’m very excited,” Whitney said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us. I’m excited for the board and think we’ll get a lot done.”

Coyle said he was “grateful” to win reelection.

“Thank you to the town, thank you to the residents of Abington. I appreciate all their support,” he said. “I look forward to doing the best I can for the kids for the next three years.”

Planning Board Chairman Bruce Hughes, who was running opposed for the first time in 25 years, won re-election with 704 votes. Michelle Kearney, who missed out on a seat on a board last year by 30 votes. finished this year with 528 votes.

The election drew out 1,468 voters, or about 14% of the town’s voters. Town Clerk Leanne Adams, who also won reelection Saturday, said the day went “very smooth” with no issues.

Moderator Shawn Reilly, Assessor Lawrence Keough, Sewer Commissioner Mark Jamieson, Library Trustees Barbara McLaughlin, John O’Neill Jr., and Susan Crowley, also won re-election, running unopposed. Amanda Zompetti won her first term on the Board of Health.

Poll workers were still counting write-in votes for the two open Water Commissioner seats as of Saturday evening, Adams said.

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