SAVOY -- Incumbent Selectman Bernard Malloy won the only contested race on the ballot during Wednesday's Annual Town Election that drew just shy of two-fifths of the town's registered voters to the polls.
In a relatively strong turnout for the town, 179 of roughly 500 registered voters -- or 35 percent -- cast their votes.
Malloy's race against former Selectman Fred Sawyer, was won with little campaigning done by either candidate. Of the 179 votes, Malloy received 115, while Sawyer got 61.
Malloy was initially elected in August 2012 to fill in for former Selectman Scott Koczela, who'd resigned.
Sawyer had lost a bid for reelection in last year's Annual Town Meeting in May, 2012 to write-in candidate John Tynan. Koczela and fellow Selectman David Desmarais resigned later that month because they were upset over the write-in campaign that ousted Sawyer.
Wednesday's vote also earned Town Clerk Brenda Smith an additional title: Assessor.
"Great, another thing I have to do," Smith joked after receiving 150 votes. "But it'll be fun."
Smith now must undergo training to become certified for the position.
Also on the ballot, Greta Facchetti received 142 votes and was elected to the Emma L. Miller Elementary School Committee and Alan Carlow will now take a seat on the Parks Commission, having received 144 votes.
Though he wasn't on Wednesday's ballot, the town chose to write in and reelect former Selectman and current Town Moderator Erik Krutiak to his role of moderator.
Krutiak had indicated he would take the position if write-in votes had elected him again, as has happened in recent years. Krutiak received 37 votes.
Recent Board of Selectmen elections in town are generally viewed as a referendum on residents feelings about the elementary school, which comprises much of the town budget.
In an interview with the Transcript before the election, Sawyer advocated taking hard looks at the school's various expenses and remained open to the possibility of it closing.
Malloy said only that he seeks to reduce school costs.
Selectmen's Chair John Tynan favors the school and points to the comparatively high marks of Savoy students and its value as a draw to people considering a move into town.
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