The votes are in and here’s the results of the OB Planning Board election, held yesterday.
The results are:
District 1 – Landry Watson – 5 votes
District 2 – Barbara Schmidtknecht –10 votes
District 3 – no candidates
District 4 – Seth Connolly -5 votes
District 5 – Giovanni Ingolia -5 votes
District 6 – Catherine Cappellucci -5 votes
District 7 – Ronson Shamoun -1 vote
Apparently, Ronson Shamoun changed course, and ran as a write-in candidate in District 7, and won with only 1 vote being cast. Shamoun did not wish to run for the one open seat in District 1, as Landry Watson was a fairly popular member of the Board. Watson won in that district.
In District 2, Barbara Schmidtknecht beat local poet Dave Sparling, 10 votes to 8.
Seth Connolly did finally change his mind, and also ran as a write-in candidate, and won with 5 votes.
Because Shamoun changed to a write-in candidate, the only contested election was in District 2 between Schmidtknecht and Sparling. This may explain the relatively low turn-out of only 39 voters by our count.
Michael Taylor, currently also a member of District 7, must be termed out, as was George Murphy and Tom Gawronski, as with Shamoun’s election to the district that would result in three members in that one district, which is not allowed.
The full board will soon meet and choose their officers.