Political newcomer Christine Hoyt wins three-year term on Adams Select Board
ADAMS — Political newcomer Christine Hoyt resoundingly won a three-year term on the Select Board on Monday.
Hoyt fended off fellow candidates Elizabeth Bushey and Cassie Witek in one of three contested races in this year's annual town election.
Of the 1,128 votes for selectman cast in the rows of voting booths at the Department of Public Works garage, Hoyt garnered 963 on Monday. Witek finished second in voting with 115 while Bushey tallied 50 votes, according to unofficial results.
"I'm just really appreciative to all of the folks in Adams who came out to vote today and cast a vote for me, I'm really grateful and humbled," Hoyt said.
Hoyt — not an Adams native but a resident for the past decade — campaigned on her ability to bring a new perspective to the Select Board.
She credited her campaign team of friends and family for the win, as well as the time she invested in speaking with town residents.
"I got to hear a lot of the stories and people's issues and was able to talk about that," Hoyt said. "I think what resonated with people was my message was about unifying Adams and unifying our region."
In another contested race on the ballot, incumbent Regina Hill appears to have fended off challenger Michael Mucci, Jr., for a seat as Adams representative on the Adams-Cheshire School Committee.
Cheshire voters widely supported Mucci instead of Hill, who was one of four Adams representatives on the committee to vote for the closure of Cheshire Elementary School earlier this year. But it appears she had enough support in Adams to retain her seat.
Each town in the district gets to vote on candidates for school committee; the vote totals in Adams were 614 for Hill and 441 for Mucci, and in Cheshire they were 149 for Hill and 260 for Mucci — a total of 763 for Hill and 701 for Mucci.
Adam Emerson ran unopposed for the lone available seat as Cheshire Representative.
Of the 6,000 registered voters in Adams, more than 1,000 cast a ballot on Monday.
Turnout for town elections is typically lower than that in national elections, according to Town Clerk Haley Meczywor.
"I thought overall turnout in Adams was great. Even though it was 19 percent today, that was really good turnout for a local election," Meczywor said.
Scott Cernik and Jacob Schutz won the two seats available on the Parks Commission, earning 600 and 709 votes, respectively. Cynthia Bird finished in third place with 587 votes.
There were no candidates on the ballot for an open position on the Board of Health, but David Rhoads earned the most write-ins.
Sandra Moderski ran unopposed for a five-year term and return to her seat on the planning board, while Myra Wilk was the only resident to step up for the town moderator position.
All election results are unofficial until certified.
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