This election season, local voters were faced with a referendum question that residents have debated for years: “Shall the Regional School District 13 Plan of Regionalization be amended to authorize the Region 13 Board of Education to close John Lyman Elementary School in the Town of Middlefield?”
The majority of voters answered in the affirmative. The unofficial results showed the vote was 1,555 to 1,159 in favor of closing the school.
However, the majority of voters in each town had to vote “yes” for the referendum to pass, and that did not happen. While voters in Durham favored closing the school, in Middlefield, those voting “no” won out.
In other election news, Edward P. Bailey won another term as Middlefield’s first selectman. According to the unofficial results, the Republican incumbent earned 978 votes, easily defeating his Democratic challenger Mary E. Johnson (476).
And in the race for Town Clerk in Middlefield, Democrat Donna M. Golub (794) held off Republican Janine C. Skelps (665).
In Durham, First Selectman and Board of Selectmen seats were not up for grabs this year, but locals had plenty of other decisions to make, including who to place on the Regional School District 13 Board of Education. And the top vote-getters for school board were all Republicans.
Lindsay E. Dahlheimer (1,061), Amanda V. Betty (1,041) and John Mennone (1,027) earned four-year terms on the BOE, while Jason H. Stone (1,078) was elected to a two-year term.
Durham Democrats fared better in the Planning and Zoning Commission race, where Janet Morganti (892 votes), Joshua Eddinger (862) and Christopher Balay (839) earned seats.
Also securing P&Z spots were Republicans Michael R. Dahlheimer (1,120) and Philip S. Augur (1,097).
Republicans also had a strong showing in the race for Board of Finance, where James Martinelli (1,189 votes), Chuck Stegnel (1,211) and Robert S. Guynn (1,084) earned seats along with Democrat Molly Nolan (863).
For complete election results, visit the municipal websites for Durham and Middlefield.