Byline: John Dignam
WEBSTER - Former selectman Mark G. Dowgiewicz was returned to that office in yesterday's election, close on the heels of Selectman Robert J. Miller.
Mr. Miller was top vote-getter in the race for two, three-year Board of Selectmen's seats with 738 votes, and with Mr. Dowgiewicz tallying 720 votes.
Incumbent Peter F. Slota placed third with 533 votes, followed by Michael Finamore with 421 votes.
Yesterday's top vote-getter was Sharon Pelletier, who was returned to the Board of Assessors with 909 votes to challenger and former assessor Joseph S. Beresik's 439 votes.
Incumbent Board of Health member Francis E. Carbonneau won re-election with a 705-572 win over Michael Ellis.
Voter turnout was 1,409, about 13.4 percent of the town's 10,500 registered voters and roughly the same number that voted in last July's special election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. About 1,800 people, or 17 percent, voted in last year's annual town election.
"I'm proud and honored that people allowed me back in, very honored," Mr. Miller said. "The town has a bright future. A lot of things are moving forward."
"The public wanted me back on the board, and I'm pleased to be back," Mr. Dowgiewicz said.
"The voters got what they wanted," said Mr. Finamore, Finance Committee chairman, who has run unsuccessfully for the board a number of times.
Mr. Beresik was the only candidate for two open seats on the Finance Committee, from which he resigned last year. Town Clerk Robert T. Craver said the second seat would be determined by write-in totals, which would be announced today.
Alfred Beland was unopposed for a Bay Path Regional Vocational School Committee seat, for which incumbent Charles Tomaso did not seek re-election.
Incumbents re-elected without opposition were: Eleanor P. Doros, town treasurer; Ted Avlas, School Committee; Joseph A. Borski Jr., town moderator; Joseph J. Smith III, Redevelopment Authority, and Joan Czechowski, Public Library trustee.
At a candidates night last week hosted by the Bartlett High School Student Council, Mr. Miller...