ELIZABETHTOWN - Elections officials in Essex County carefully combed through hundreds of absentee ballots earlier this week and determined the winners of some of the closest races at the town level.
Sharon Boisen, an independent, held a 153-139 election night lead over Republican incumbent Ronald Jackson in the race for Essex Town Supervisor..
The final count doubled Boisen's lead, crediting her with 182 votes to Jackson's 154.
"I'm looking forward to focusing more on learning the job and putting my efforts on that for now," Boisen said.
Boisen has never held any elected office before, but has been involved at the town level on various project committees in recent years. She said she intends to keep attending meetings and communicating with other county officials in preparation for the start of her term Jan. 1.
Boisen is also working closely with Jackson at the town hall to learn the ins and outs of everyday work as a supervisor.
"He seems to be working well with me at this point," said Boisen, "and I appreciate that."
Jackson, now in his eighth year as supervisor, is currently vice-chairman of the board of supervisors, and would have been slated to become chairman of the body in 2010. With his absence, that seat will likely go to another seasoned Republican supervisor.
Absentee ballots proved to be the difference in the outcome of town council races in Elizabethtown. There, Angel Marvin had held a three-vote lead over incumbent Joseph Martin for one of two open seats.
Martin got the bulk of absentee votes, however, and pulled ahead to a 209 to 200 win. Fellow incumbent Kenneth Fenimore was re-elected to the other open seat with 239 votes.