Newcomers Jarret and Wells win seats in Blackstone election

Newcomers Jarret and Wells win seats in Blackstone election

BLACKSTONE - A town-wide election held Monday, April 7 placed newcomers in seats on both the Blackstone-Millville Regional School Committee and the Blackstone Board of Selectmen.

Early results, which had not yet been certified as of The Valley Breeze's print deadline, showed Georgette Jarret, a postal worker and mother of four, ousting incumbent Michael Buckley for a four-year term on the BMR School Committee.

Jarret was the victor in all three Blackstone precincts, winning 625 votes to Buckley's 489. She also won in Millville, with 96 voters casting a ballot for Jarret, compared to 61 for Buckley.

Jarret graduated from the BMR School District in 1977 and attended both Community College of Rhode Island and Bryant College. Through her children's activities, she's been involved locally in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and has served as a softball coach and umpire, and a goal judge for hockey. She's a member of Elks Lodge 850 in Woonsocket and is a member of the CYO.

Buckley had served as the Blackstone representative on the committee since April of 2008.

The Millville representative on the School Committee, meanwhile, incumbent Jane C. Reggio, ran unopposed and was confirmed for another four year term.

On the Board of Selectmen, where four candidates were vying for two open seats, three-term incumbent Margaret Bik and Finance Committee member Russell L. Wells were elected for three-year terms, beating Michael D. Ando and Russell P. Arnold.

Wells was the top vote-getter with 666 votes from the three precincts, followed by Bik with 616, Arnold with 541, and Ando with 432.

Bik has served in town government for more than 18 years, with previous stints on both the Finance Committee and the Capital Outlay Committee.

Wells will replace Paul Haughey, a one term member of the Board of Selectmen, who did not seek reelection.

Both Bik and Wells were sworn in during a ceremony Monday night at Town Hall, along with Moderator Frederick Stone, who ran unopposed, and was confirmed for another three-year term.

Several additional positions in Blackstone were not contested in 2014, and the individuals' names appeared alone on the ballot. They include Carole Whiteley who will serve a three-year term as assessor of taxes; Robert Drainville who will serve a five-year term on the Blackstone Housing Authority; Margaret Keegan who will serve the remainder of a five-year term on the Blackstone Housing Authority, set to expire in 2016; William T. Walsh who will serve a three-year term on the Board of Health; Kimberly D. Peloquin who will serve a three-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission and Owen T. Bebeau who will serve a five-year term on the Planning Board.

According to the initial tally, 1,198 voters cast ballots while the precincts were open on Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., just 19 percent of the town's total 6,197 eligible voters.