Local Election’s Mixed Signals

The results from yesterday’s local elections in Westford provided mixed signals to the local GOP from this reliably Republican-oriented town. Turnout was low with only 18.6% (14,675) of the town’s registered voters making the effort to do their civic duty. The weather was beautiful & therefore not a factor.

Republican incumbent Valerie Wormell was re-elected to a second term. Much credit for her success has been attributed to her campaign manager & fellow Westford Republican Town Committee (WRTC) member Alan Rubin. Although Republican Diane Weir lost her re-election bid for School Committee, in her stead was long time GOP activist (& former WRTC member) David Keele who topped the ticket in that race. Former WRTC member Hajo Koester was elected Library Trustee too.

Still, the results were troublesome. With Westford facing fiscal challenges in the upcoming years, the low turnout suggests that voters either don’t understand the troubles which lie ahead for their community – or they don’t care. Some of the other victorious candidates in yesterday’s town election had the backing of prominent Democrat activists. I expect said winners will be helpful to the Democrats when the time comes for the party to hold onto the district’s state rep seat. With success on the local level evenly spread out between Democrats & Republicans, the results of the November election will provide a better view as to whether or not Westford will continue to remain an area hospitable to the Republican Party.

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