CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 votes to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in Thursday's annual town election.
The unofficial election results were released shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. The selectmen's race was the only contested one on the ballot.
Davis thanked her supporters and election volunteers, and said the series of meet-and-greet events she held during the campaign gave her important insight into the issues most important with voters. She said the need for affordable housing tops that list, as does the need for a new senior center.
As for her immediate priorities, Davis acknowledged that she is the board's newest member and will need time to learn how the board does business, including “getting comfortable with working with four people.”
She and Taylor spent the majority of the day holding signs and greeting voters outside the polls.
Taylor said it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as a Chatham selectmen, as many of his ancestors have done in the past. He said he has concerns about the state of negotiations between the town and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the boundary changes at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.
“I don't believe there's anybody on the board of selectmen who has the skill set to finish that out,” he said.
Taylor said he is proud of the long hours he devoted to the job, saying no selectmen has ever worked as hard as he did.
“I wasn't taking anything. I had no agenda,” he said.
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