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Hope elects Ingraham, Haffner to Board of Selectmen

By Gabriel Blodgett | Jun 11, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett Municipal elections were held at the Hope Town Office June 11.

Hope — Thomas Ingraham and Bruce Haffner were elected to the Hope Board of Selectmen, narrowly beating out Molly Luce and incumbent Selectman Michael Brown for the two open spots.

Ingraham led the way with 152 votes, trailed by Haffner with 124, Luce with 102 and Brown with 98.

259 votes were cast at the June 11 municipal election held at the Hope Town Office.

On the Budget Committee, Betty Ingraham, Charles Weidman and Theresa Withee were elected to three-year terms. Ingraham received 172 votes, Withee 106, and Weidman 104. James Guerra was elected to a one-year term on the committee as a write-in with 54 votes.

Jacob Eichenlaub was elected to a three-year term on the School Committee with 178 votes. The second three-year term position was won by write-in candidate Brooks Crane with 27 votes. The opening for a two-year term was also won by Crane with 43 votes. As of press time it was not clear which position she would accept or who would be next in line for the other opening.

Emily Burgess was elected to a one-year term on the School Committee with 197 votes.

Crane was also elected as a write-in to a three-year term as representative to the Five-Town CSD with 4 votes.

School Budget

Hope voters approved the Hope Elementary School Budget for the 2019-2020 school year by a margin of 190-61. They also voted to continue the budget validation referendum process for the school for an additional three years by a vote of 179-67. The budget calls for $1,944,278 to be funded by local property taxes, a 4.4-percent increase over last year.

Hope voters also approved the Five Town CSD budget for the upcoming school year by a margin of 196-61 and voted 195-56 in favor of continuing the validation referendum process for three additional years. The total school budget will increase by 4.02 percent to $12,907,565.93, while Hope's share totals $850,470, up 5.77 percent.

Courier Publications reporter Susan Mustapich contributed to this story.

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