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Sudbury gets two new selectmen

In tight races, Charles C. Woodward and Leonard A. Simon were elected as Sudbury’s newest selectmen Tuesday, according to official results posted by the town clerk.

In the race for a new two-year seat on the board, Woodard defeated Thaddeus T. Gozdeck by 27 votes, 2,273 to 2,246. Eric Poch, who was on ballot as a third candidate but had announced June 17 that he was withdrawing from the race, citing family and work commitments, garnered 356 votes.

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In balloting for a three-year position, Simon defeated Daniel A. DePompei by 307 votes, or 2,577 to 2,270.

The winners, to be sworn in at 7:30 p.m. July 9, will join the town’s current selectmen, Lawrence O’Brien, John Drobinski and Robert Haarde, to create a new five-member board. Sudbury residents had started the process last year, with supporters seeing the larger board as a way to increase representation and help spread the workload.

Sudbury voters also approved two ballot questions in Tuesday’s special election.

Question 1, to allow town officials to raise property taxes beyond the limits of Proposition 2½ to pay for the design of a new police headquarters on Hudson Road, won approval by 83 votes, 2,622 to 2,539.

Question 2, allowing officials to raise an additional $700,000 through taxes for traffic improvements in the center of town, was passed by 356 votes, 2,798 to 2,442.

Mirroring statewide results in the special US Senate election, Sudbury voters cast 3,187 votes for Democrat Edward J. Markey, and 2,309 for Republican Gabriel Gomez. Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard A. Heos received 32 votes, and 14 voters cast write-in ballots.

According to the clerk’s office, about 45 percent of the town’s 12,047 registered voters turned out at the polls.

John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@ gmail.com.

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