Campbell claims Selectboard seat by two-vote margin in Conway election

ELAINE CAMPBELL

ELAINE CAMPBELL

Barry and Laurie Parker are checked in to vote by Conway election workers Aimee Anderson and Michelle Harris on Thursday.

Barry and Laurie Parker are checked in to vote by Conway election workers Aimee Anderson and Michelle Harris on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Voting at Conway Town Hall on Thursday.

Voting at Conway Town Hall on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer

Published: 06-07-2024 3:01 PM

CONWAY — In a three-way race for Selectboard, School Committee Chair Elaine Campbell narrowly edged out incumbent Selectboard Chair Philip Kantor and Fire Chief Robert Baker in Thursday’s annual town election, with candidates earning 194, 192 and 154 votes, respectively.

The Selectboard race was the only contested one on a ballot that had five vacancies — three Board of Health seats, one School Committee position and one Planning Board seat. Voter turnout was 36.7%, as what Town Clerk Laurie Lucier called a “record” 545 of the town’s 1,484 registered voters participated. Due to Campbell’s margin of victory being only two votes, Kantor said Friday he intends to file a recount petition with the town.

Campbell, 62, is a longtime School Committee member and ran for Selectboard with a goal of encouraging resident dialogue and participation. She said Friday afternoon that she was grateful to be elected by her neighbors, especially after a hard-fought race, noting that she was “so impressed with the turnout.”

“I’m super excited to get started. I certainly appreciate all the work both my running mates have done for the town,” Campbell said. “I hope to keep a lot of that work going strong and get to know what everybody has in process and what people need.”

Among her other priorities are engaging with the town’s large senior population to find ways to let them age in place, while also tapping into their vast knowledge.

“I’m looking forward to working with my other Selectboard members and the town administrator and town staff, and seeing what how we can keep things moving forward and stronger and better,” Campbell said.

The full election results are as follows:

■Selectboard, three-year term — Elaine Campbell, 194 votes, Philip Kantor, 192 votes, and Robert Baker, 154 votes.

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■Board of Assessors, three-year term — Russell French, incumbent, 466 votes.

■Board of Health, three-year term — Daniel Sheff, 27 write-in votes.

■Board of Health, two seats with two-year terms — Hanna Sherman, 27 write-in votes, and Regina McNeely, 32 write-in votes.

■Constable, one-year term — Randall Williams, 443 votes.

■School Committee, three-year term — Victoria DeMaio, three write-in votes.

■Moderator, one-year term — James “Jimmy” Recore, incumbent, 449 votes.

■Planning Board, two seats with three-year terms — George Forcier, incumbent, 446 votes, and vacant.

■Planning Board, two-year term — Jeffrey Lacy, incumbent, 425 votes.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com.