Mitchell Wins Re-Election in Ashland’s Only Contested Race

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Originally posted at 7:58 p.m. Last updated at 8:28 a.m.

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ASHLAND – Steven Mitchell won re-election for his fourth term on the Ashland Select Board in the Town’s only contested race in today’s election, June 24.

Mitchell easily defeated his challenger Planning Board member Preston Crow. Mitchell received 564 votes and outgoing Planning Chair Crow received 293 votes.

The Select Board race was the only contested race on the ballot.

The Annual Town Election was moved twice and held at the end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Turnover was very low at only 7.29% of the town’s 11,863 registered voters. A total of 865 voters cast a ballot in today’s election.

Laura Tosti was re-elected to the Ashland School Committee. She received 736 unofficial votes, over the five precincts, for another 3-year term.

“While I wouldn’t have predicted that some or all of my fourth term on school committee would include managing a pandemic, I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on School Committee and our administrative leadership. The details about how, when or if we return to school will surely take up much of our time, and the uncertainty about all of it concerns everybody, but we also have many important priorities that continue to need our attention,” said Tosti. “I am committed to the continuing focus on social-emotional well-being and achievement of all students and am looking forward to another term on School Committee.”

Library Trustee Carolyn Bell received the most votes in the election with 744. Bell and Kab Rabinowtiz, in uncontested races, both won re-election for another 3-year term.

The votes were not certified by the Town Clerk tonight.

Ronald Etskovitz and Judi Teller each were elected to 3-year terms on the Ashland Board of Health in uncontested races.

Teller was on the ballot for the second year in a row. She ran for a 1-year term last year and for a full 3-year term this year.

“Happy to be re-elected to the Board,” she said last night. “So much work to do still. Triple EEE may be coming back. And we are still dealing with the virus.”

She said she wants to work to build up the town’s volunteer medical core.

David Rosenblum was re-elected for a 3-year term in the Board of Assessors with a total of 728 unofficial votes.

Lakshimi S. Krishihan, in yet another uncontested race, won a seat on the Ashland Planning Board with a total of 691 votes.

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