SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (wwlp) - An incumbent held onto his seat, a write-in candidate won with just seven votes, and farmers won't face excise tax on animals and certain machinery after an election marked by a minimum of contested races in Southampton.
Southampton voters went to the polls Monday and returned Robert Floyd to the speaker's strand as Town Moderator. Floyd bested his challenger Timothy Judd by just 17 votes. Southampton Town Clerk Eileen Couture told 22News Flood garnered 192 votes to Judd's 175.
Linda Summers was the only candidate on the ballot calling for filling two 2-year terms on the Finance Committee. Summers got 265 votes. 7 voters wrote Francine Trishman in for the second slot. Trishman will also serve a two year term.
Joyce Skypeck bested Personnel Policy Procedures Board candidate Barbara LaFlam, 172 to 157.
Southampton voters overwhelmingly approved a financial break for farmers in the only referendum question on the ballot. Voters approved the elimination of assessing excise tax on certain farm animals and machinery. The measure passed 237 to 66.