Challenger displaces Stockbridge select board’s Chabon in an upset

(Record file photo) Moderator Don Chabon.

STOCKBRIDGE — A newcomer has unseated the chairman of the town’s select board.

In a 302-214 vote, challenger Roxanne McCaffrey has defeated Donald Chabon, who was elected, unopposed, in 2016.

A third candidate, Matthew Szwyd, received 10 votes, despite saying that he was not running following a candidates forum in early May.

Of the town’s 1,661 registered voters, 548 cast their ballot on Tuesday, said Stockbridge Town Clerk Terri Iemolini. The clerk was also up for re-election this year, who ran unopposed, and garnered 502 votes.

In other contested races, William Vogt beat Bernard “Barney” Edwards for the three-year seat on the Planning Board, 293-215. Edwards, who chairs the Housing Authority, was appointed last year by the board to the position to fill one of the three vacancies on the board following the departure of board members Lisa Sauer, Ruth Pierce and Eugene Talbot. Their departure was at separate points in the years for various reasons, including a move and for health reasons.

Christine Rasmussen defeated Stuart Hirschfield for the two-year seat on the Planning Board, 359-168. Rasmussen was appointed to the board last year.

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