This elections spells a little bit of change for Rochester, with two incumbents voted out and two new candidates elected in.
For Rochester Memorial School Committee, Jennifer Kulak was the big winner with 212 votes, followed by Meagan Bennett with 165 votes, beating out running incumbent Timothy Sholz who took in 159 votes, and Cheryl Hebert who had 127.
Board of Health incumbent Sandra Keese had 170 votes – not enough to beat William David Souza and his 185 votes.
Write-in candidate for Planning Board Lee Carr received 71 of the 93 write-in votes, turning his currently appointed seat on the Planning Board into an officially elected one.
Election volunteers were a bit rattled after 8:30 pm when one single ballot went missing. There were several painstaking recounts until the ballot was discovered in the darkest corner of the voting machine and proudly held up high by Town Clerk and Selectman Naida Parker as the others quickly put their jackets on to leave.
“We would be nothing if we weren’t thorough,” stated Parker, who maintained her uncontested position as Town Clerk, with 336 votes.
Voter turn-out was roughly 10%, with 402 out of the 4,092 registered Rochester voters exercising their right to vote on April 9.
By Jean Perry