McGinnity takes Select Board seat in Mason 

  • Select Board winner Peter McGinnity answered questions from residents during a candidate's forum earlier this month.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/16/2019 3:56:24 PM

Former Mason Selectman Pete McGinnity is back on the board, after beating out three other contenders for the seat. 

With Select Board member Bernie O’Grady not running for his seat this year, the field was crowded with potential candidates. 

McGinnity pulled ahead in the voting, taking 95 votes. McGinnity served on the Select Board previously, from 2011 to 2014 and before that, on the town’s Financial Advisory Committee from 2008-2009.

“I just want to thank those who voted for me and helped with my campaign,” McGinnity said in an interview Wednesday. “And I look forward to earning the trust of those who didn’t vote for me over the next three years.”

McGinnity said his main priorities as a new Select Board member will be to implement a capital improvement plan to plan out budgeting for large expense items. He also hopes to start a capital campaign to contribute to needed repairs at the Old Town Hall. 

Behind him, candidates Christopher Guiry and William Fritz were in a near-tie for second, with 57 votes for Fritz and 56 for Guiry. Joanne Birman trailed the pack with 18 votes.

Robin Smith was elected to as Library Trustee and Patricia Young was elected as a Trustee of the Trust Fund in uncontested races. 

Positions for Trustee of Cemeteries for three years and Trustee of the Trust Funds for one year did not have any candidates.


Mason School District

Voters gave sweeping approvals to all articles on the Mason School District warrant, including the $3.15 million budget.

Had the district not passed the budget, the default was $3.09 million.

Mason passed the budget 151-69. It was the most contentious issue on the ballot this year.

Voters also approved using the unreserved funds to add $20,000 to the capital reserve fund for educating children with educational disabilities, in a 170-50 vote, and to use unreserved funds to add $5,000 to the buildings and grounds capital reserve, in a 182-39 vote.

Bradley Gilbert and Christopher Guiry were both elected to a three-year School Board term in uncontested races. Rebecca Partridge was also re-elected to her position as School District Clerk for another two-year term. 

The remainder of the articles on Mason’s warrant will be voted on at Town Meeting on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Mason Elementary School. 


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