SILT — The town’s new board members are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work, after a new mayor and three trustees were elected by voters in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Former trustee Rick Aluise took over as mayor with 389 votes, over challenger Mark Anderson, who received 177 votes.
“I just want to continue to be able to do what we’ve been able to do and continue on with our accomplishments,” Aluise said when the votes came in, shortly after 8 p.m. “I’m looking forward to working with this new board.”
Incumbent trustee Bryan Fleming was re-elected and joined by newcomers Aron Diaz and Dylan Lewis. Diaz received the highest number of votes with 349, followed by 314 votes for Lewis and 301 for Fleming.
“I am really humbled and honored that I got this far in the race. Now it’s time to get to work on economic development in the town of Silt,” Diaz said.
Lewis was excited about his first term as a town board member.
“I’m happy people agreed with my thoughts, and now I’m ready to move forward,” he said.
Fleming said he was extremely happy with the results of the election.
“Now I’m looking forward to working with this new group,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. And I also want to thank the voters of the town of Silt for putting their trust in me for another four years. Good things are to come.”
The mayor and the trustee seats are each for four-year terms.
Former longtime mayor and trustee Dave Moore received the fewest votes in the election with 143. He had decided not to run again for mayor, but was seeking a trustee seat. Moore had served on the town board for 10 years — the last eight as mayor.
Moore conceded that 10 years on the board was probably enough and said he wasn’t really surprised that he wasn’t re-elected.
“I sort of expected it,” he said. “I pulled out about a month ago. But my congratulations to the three winners and the mayor. I wish them all the best I just hope they can bring in a grocery store, bank and a pharmacy.”
Voters turned down a ballot question 342-222, which asked whether the positions of police chief, town clerk and town treasurer should report directly to the town administrator instead of the board.
Voter turnout was 42 percent.
The new board will be sworn in at the next regular town board meeting on April 14.