PLYMOUTH – Republican Roxanne McCann narrowly won the special election to the town council by 12 votes Wednesday, defeating Democratic rival Lynn Rugh. However, the contest will see a rematch come November.
McCann won the seat on Wednesday by a vote of 180 to 168.
“It was disappointing that only 3% of the population turned out, but I thank everyone who did come out,” said McCann. “I’m grateful for your support and I look forward to another run in November.”
A vacancy was created on the Town Council when longtime city council member Tom Zagurski, who served for 13 years on the council, died Feb. 23. McCann was then appointed by the Republican Town Committee to serve as an interim council member until Wednesday’s special election, which solidified her seat.
As a member of the town council, McCann said that it is important for Plymouth to maintain “fiscal responsibility” while also improving areas of town residents are most concerned about. Some of these, she said, include the roads and the education system as well as the downtown area.
For Rugh, although she came up 12 votes short of her opponent, she considers the closeness of the contest to be an “upset.” The Town Council is currently comprised entirely of Republicans.
“I thank all of my supporters – I couldn’t be more grateful and excited about their support,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting out this summer, sharing more ideas and talking about what people want to see happen here in town. This is a temporary seat and I’ll be campaigning for that seat again in November.”
Rugh said she intends to “carry on” and continue to get her message out to people in town. She said that she is “committed to transparent governance, fiscal responsibility, and to promoting our town as a great place to build a family and a business.”
“This is going to be a big summer,” she said. “A lot of big questions are going to be asked.”
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