Granby selects Paul Chavoustie as new Mayor
Granby has a new Mayor-elect.
According to the unofficially tally the citizens of Granby have chosen Paul Chavoustie as the next Mayor of the community. Chavoustie received a total of 245 votes from the citizens of Granby while the two other mayoral candidates, Dick Broady and David Lockwood received 122 votes and 45 votes respectively.
Chavoustie provided the Sky-Hi News with comments Wednesday evening. “I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve this community as Mayor,” Chavoustie stated. “I want to thank Dick Broady and David Lockwood for running a good campaign. I wan to thank Granby voters, all those who helped with my campaign, all those who shared my ideas with friends and neighbors, and my family for their love and support. I look forward to moving Granby forward with strategic vision and working with the new Board of Trustees to make Granby thrive and be a place that we are all proud to call home.”
Granby Town Clerk Deb Hess provided an unofficial tally of the election’s results Tuesday night following the close of polls at 7 p.m. on April 5. The count from the spring municipal election can not be registered as official until next week after a legally mandated waiting period for the acceptance of any outstanding overseas ballots.
This year Granby electors also got the chance to cast their vote for four Trustee seats on the Board. The three candidates who received the most votes will be named to four-year terms on the Board while the candidate who received the fourth highest number of votes will be named to a two-year term.
Trustee candidates Rebecca Johnson, Paul Robertson and Jane Harmon received the most votes and each will be named to a four-year term on the Board. Both Johnson and Robertson received 244 votes. Jane Harmon received 211 votes. Candidate Greg Mordini received 201 votes and will be named to a two-year term on the Board. Nicholas Raible and Bethany Hardy, who were both candidates for the Board, received 137 votes and 111 votes respectively.
Trustee elect Rebecca (Becky) Johnson was thrilled with the results of the election. “I’m delighted to be voted in as Town Trustee,” Johnson said. “I will do my very best to serve the people and help the Town move forward with all the visions of the new Mayor. I appreciate any calls or concerns they have at any time.”
Paul Robertson, who currently serves on the Board of Trustee, tied Johnson in vote totals in the 2016 spring election. Robertson commented on his own history in the Granby community and how proud he is to be elected by the voters of Granby. “When Gretchen and I moved to Granby as full time residents, six years ago, we thought ourselves blessed,” Robertson stated. “Since then I’ve worked hard to sink our roots deep, get involved, and contribute what I could to the community…It’s quite an honor then, to have the voters of Granby elect me to a more permanent four year term as a Trustee… I’m excited to be able to move forward with these things and others.”
Robertson also touched on his views on civic duty. “I take the term ‘Trustee’ quite literally in this case and am grateful that my neighbors have seen fit to put their trust in me by electing me to this position.”
Trustee-elect Jane Harmon, Principal of Granby Elementary School, also commented on her recent election. “I am excited to become more involved in Granby,” Harmon stated. “I have confidence that the Trustees and Mayor will work well together for the benefit of the people of Granby. No doubt, we’ll all have a learning curve, but I am committed to listening and leading. I will work hard to honor the trust of the Granby voters.”
Current Town Trustee Greg Mordini, who was elected Tuesday to serve a two-year term on the Board, was looking forward to the new dynamic created by a new Board of Trustee. “I’m excited,” Mordini said. “New members are joining the Board. I think it is going to add a lot of new energy and we look forward to taking Granby forward. I’m really excited about the candidates who won. I think the new Mayor has a lot of good ideas and hopefully we can get a lot of this implemented.”
For the 2016 spring election Town Clerk Deb Hess tallied a total of 419 votes. A total of 1067 ballots were sent out to voters in the community.
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