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Incumbent Babson and activist Searle elected to the Wellesley Board of Selectmen

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 5, 2008 08:28 AM


Incumbent Katherine L. Babson Jr. and long-time town activist Barbara Searle were elected yesterday to the Wellesley Board of Selectmen.

Babson handily won re-election, and was the top vote getter among the three candidates with 2,335 votes. Searle, a former chairwoman of the town's Advisory Committee, won her seat with 1,937 votes.

Challenger Tom Ulfelder, who had attacked Babson's handling of a negotiation to have the town buy three residences abutting the high school property, was third with 1,173 votes.

For Babson, the term that begins Monday will be her second. Searle, meanwhile, will be taking over the seat vacated by David Himmelberger.

In the only other race on yesterday's ballot, there were no official candidates for the lone open seat on the town's Housing Authority board. Town Clerk Kathleen Nagle, however, said that there were a "significant" number of write-in votes. Those votes were still in the process of being tallied this morning, she said.

-- Lisa Keen

[Editor's Note: This entry was updated at 10:57 p.m. with final vote totals from the town clerk's office. The new totals did not change the reported outcome of the election.]

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