Clark, Boroff Take Planning Board Seats with 10% Turnout

votedThe two contested races for seats on the Hamilton Planning Board were won by Peter Clark and Richard Boroff, according to unofficial results from Thursday’s Hamilton town election.

Voters turnout was 10.2%, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. There are 5,990 registered voters in Hamilton and 608 went to the polls on Thursday.

Stacey Metternick and Joshua Liebow were also both elected to a one-year term on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee in a contested race.

Other races on the ballot were uncontested, including a seat on the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Moderator, Town Clerk, Board of Assessors, Housing Authority and Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees. The race for two three-year terms on the School Committee was also uncontested.

The complete unofficial election results are available on the town of Hamilton website.

Town Election Thursday at Rec Center, See the Ballot Before You Vote

4447694983_28198664f6_oThe Hamilton Annual Town Election happens on Thursday, April 6 at the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Center at 16 Union St. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This is a new location for the town election, which has been held at Winthrop Elementary School in recent years.

The ballot includes contested races for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee and Planning Board, plus uncontested races for Board of Selectmen, Moderator, Board of Assessors, Town Clerk, Housing Authority and Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees. Take a look at the specimen ballot for the election, supplied by Hamilton Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

Absentee Voting for Town Election Available Now

vote-1319435_1920.pngAbsentee voting is now available for next month’s town election, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. Voting can been done at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall during regular hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A copy of the specimen ballot is available on the town website. Positions on the ballot include Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board.

Voters that qualify for absentee voting are people who will be absent from Hamilton during normal polling hours (Thursday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), somebody who has a physical disability that prevents them from going to the polling place or because of religious beliefs.

Reminder: Return Census Forms in January

abacus-909181_1920Now is the time to return your annual census to the Town Clerk’s office.

The town census should be returned by the end of January, according to Hamilton Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. Census information includes name, date of birth, occupation, veteran status, nationality (if not a citizen of the United States) and the residence of everyone in Hamilton 3-years-old and older. Census information about children under 17 is not made available to the public.

Also included in the census mailing is a blank dog license renewal form. Dog licenses expire on March 31 but can be renewed now if dog owners want, Carlson said. Renewal can be done by mail, in person at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall or online.

Nomination Papers Available for Selectmen, Planning Board, Other Elected Positions

Hamilton Town SealNomination papers are now available for seats on the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Housing Authority, among other elected positions.

The papers became available on Monday, Jan. 9 and can be picked up during regular hours at the Town Clerk’s office at Hamilton Town Hall. The nomination papers need to be filed with the registrars with the required numbers of signatures by Thursday, Feb. 16, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

There are also two three-year terms open on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee. Nomination papers are available from Donna Bunk at the school district offices at the Center School, 5 School St. in Wenham.

The open positions include:

  • One three-year term on the Board of Selectmen
  • One three-year term on the Planning Board
  • One two-year term on the Planning Board to fill an unexpired term
  • One three-year term on the Housing Authority
  • One three-year term on the Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees
  • One year term as Town Moderator
  • One three year term as Town Clerk
  • One three-year term on the Board of Assessors

Hamilton Backs Clinton with 80% Turnout

2277408667_0d8db8f776With 80% voter turnout, Hamilton backed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in Tuesday’s general election.

A total of 4,756 ballots were cast in early voting and on Election Day in Hamilton, according to unofficial results from Town Clerk Andrea Carlson

Clinton got 55.2 percent of the vote in Hamilton to eventual winner, Republican Donald Trump’s 31 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 6.6 percent and Green Rainbow party candidate got 1.5 percent, with another 70 blanks in Hamilton.

As Hamilton went so went the state on the first three ballot questions – turning down a new slots parlor, rejecting an expansion of charter schools and supporting tighter the rules on caged animals. But Hamilton narrowly supported keeping recreational marijuana legal in question 4, 2,373-2,312, while statewide the question was supported.

In the Essex County Sheriff’s race, Hamilton voters gave Republican Anne Manning-Martin 1,749 votes to Democrat Kevin Coppinger’s 1,523 votes. Coppinger reportedly won the seat. Independent Kevin Leach received 576 votes in Hamilton and Independent Mark Archer got 287 votes.

In the Governor’s Council race, Hamilton gave 2,296 votes to Democrat Eileen Duff and 2,013 vote to Republican Richard Baker.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, State Sen. Bruce Tarr and state Rep. Brad Hill were each unopposed on the ballot.

The complete unofficial Hamilton results are available here.