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East Longmeadow Voters Narrow it Down to Two

East Longmeadow, Mass. (WGGB) — Thousands of residents in East Longmeadow went to the polls today to cast their ballots on who they would like to see replace Selectman Jim Driscoll.

A total of 4 individuals were on the ballot including Joe Townshend, Peter Punderson, Angela Thorpe, and Nicholas Chiusano.

The Town Clerk’s office reports that the 2 finalist are Punderson with 824 votes and Thorpe with 721 votes.

Four precincts in East Longmeadow went to the polls with a total of 3,248 people casting their ballots.   Overall, there are 11,362 registered voters in the town.

Now that Punderson and Thorpe are the top two vote getters they will advance to a final election next month and take office in January.

Townshed came within reach of being a finalist with 664 votes, and Chiusano received 399 votes.

Each election is costing the town between $5,000 and 6,000.  While that’s not ideal, they have to spend the money otherwise the town would be left with just one selectman.

Former Select Board Chair Jack Villamaino resigned last summer, a few months before investigators charged him with coordinating an elaborate voter fraud case.

Selectman Driscoll will be leaving his post in January for both professional and personal reasons.  His term would have been up in April, so whoever wins the seat will fill in for the final four months.