Following the approach it’s used for years, the Hillsboro Town Council on Tuesday was voted back in completely through write-in ballots.
According to the unofficial tallies with absentee ballots still to be counted, seven-term Mayor Roger Vance was re-elected with 30 votes. Vice Mayor Amy Marasco received 26 votes, Councilman Stephen Moskal received 23 votes, Councilwoman Claudia Forbes received 22 votes, Councilwoman Laney Oxman received 19 votes and Councilman Bill Johnston received 15 votes. All six will serve on the dais until Dec. 31, 2020.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Vance will begin his 23rd year on the Town Council and 15th year as mayor. Marasco will be serving a sixth term, while Johnston and Forbes will be serving their second terms. Moskal and Oxman will be serving their first terms on the council, after Moskal was appointed in February to fill a vacancy left by Belle Ware and Oxman was appointed in May to fill a vacancy left by John Dean.
“We had over 60 percent turnout here. In all my time here, this was the biggest turnout we’ve had,” Vance said.
About a dozen first-time town voters got to ring the school house bell.
“It was such a great expression of local democracy. There was no pollical rancor. They were just happy to be here and happy to vote,” Vance said.
Moving into next year, the group will need to appoint a new vice mayor to serve for the next two years and will be tasked with progressing the town’s $22.2 million traffic calming and pedestrian safety project, which will install two roundabouts on Rt. 9 at the eastern and western edges of town, sidewalks on each side of the highway, three to four raised crosswalks and about 60 on-street parking bays.