PLYMOUTH - David Merchant has won a third term as mayor.
Republican incumbent Merchant was facing a challenge from petitioning candidate Pattie DeHuff. He got 1,799 votes to her 775. Local Democrats did not run a candidate for mayor this year.
“This is our third campaign and we have swept every single campaign, it’s amazing,” Merchant said Tuesday night.
DeHuff could not be reached for comment as of press time Tuesday night.
Republicans also retained the Town Council, winning all five seats. A change to the Town Charter approved in referendum in 2016 meant this was the first year all five council members ran at large this year.
Voters also approved three out of four ballot questions, rejecting only one that would have limited circumstances in which the town budget would be subject to referendum. Unofficially it failed by only three votes, with absentee votes not yet counted.
Changes approved remove charter language pertaining to having a Board of Assessors and a Council Journal, both of which no longer exist; allowing town boards and commissions to include on their agendas public comment on agenda and non-agenda items, or in the case of the council on agenda and non-agenda items, and adopt a time limit for speakers so more people will be able to participate; and establishing a new Charter Revision Commission to consider a town manager form of government.
The Democrats also did not come up with candidates for tax collector, town clerk, town treasurer, or Board of Assessment Appeals. A local organization calling itself Citizens for Responsible Government ran a slate of petitioning candidates headed by DeHuff, who currently sits on the Board of Finance.
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