DERRY — Two incumbent town councilors ran unopposed and will return to the table for another three years following the town/school election on March 10.
In unofficial results, District 3 Councilor Neil Wetherbee earned another term, winning 304 votes, with Councilor-at-Large Joshua Bourdon taking 1,441 votes.
Others winning town positions in uncontested races were Cristina “Tina” Guilford winning the Town Moderator job with 1,407 votes; Jillien Klok and Candice Westgard winning the two open Taylor Library Trustee positions, 1,129 and 1,140 votes, respectively; and Dina Bourassa, taking the lone open Supervisor of the Checklist job for a six-year term.
The town’s only contested race was the Trustee of Derry Public Library with three open positions for three years. Taking top vote tallies and winning those open seats were Margie Ives, 704 votes; Rachael Armstrong, 494 votes, and Monica Cataldo, 462 votes.
Other trustee candidates and vote counts were Linda Coate, 343 votes; Valerie Roche, 335 votes; Eric Walters, 330 votes; George MacIntyre Jr., 317 votes; Jeanne Roussel, 264 votes, and Theresa Leney, 162 votes.
Two articles on the town ballot also were approved by voters, one dealing with updated language referring to the tax cap and another approving bringing sports betting to town.
Voters approved both, with the tax cap question tallied at 1,083 for and 622 saying no. For sports betting, voters approved the measure, 1,112 to 609.
On the school side, voters approved an $92 million operating budget that included funding to start a full-day kindergarten program in town, and also said yes to a collective bargaining agreement between the school board and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1445.
In a four-way race for two open school board positions, Jessica Ring got the top vote tally with 1,084 votes. Derick Anderson took the second open spot with 853 votes. Incumbent Paul Lutz got 509 votes and Anne Copp took 528. In addition to regular voting, students in town also had an opportunity to learn more about the election process and voted for their favorite things at school, including choices of a themed party, rock wall, farm day, or other fun activity.
Student polls were set up at each Derry polling place for students to cast their ballots.