ROCKPORT — After weeks of seeing campaign signs and reading and hearing candidate views, voters turned out in force for the Rockport special election Tuesday, Aug. 30, to fill an empty seat on the Select Board.

Denise Munger. Photo courtesy of Denise Munger.

After an hour of counting votes and solidifying the process, Denise Munger was elected by a large majority over Ralph “Doc” Wallace and Dana Jackson to fill the remaining two years of John Strand’s term, who resigned earlier this year.

Munger received 400 votes, Wallace 119 and Jackson 52. Two write-in votes were cast for James Ruddy while two ballots were left blank.

The board has been operating with four members since Strand’s resignation. The Select Board voted June 27 to hold the special election.

574 people voted overall, with the absentee ballots totaling 226 which accounted for 39% of the vote.

Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw said this was an “outstanding turnout.”

Munger served on the board until June 2022 when she was defeated by James Annis by 15 votes (268-253).