Evelyn Hatch shakes hands with Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley after winning a seat on the town council.
Evelyn Hatch finished third in the race for Elizabethtown Council in 2011.
This year, she won election to the board, filling the seat previously held by Ken Fenimore.
Hatch received 257 votes Nov. 6, while former town councilman Michael McGinn received 226. A total of 499 votes were cast in Elizabethtown, with 76 out of the 86 requested absentee ballots having been received by election night, according to the Essex County Board of Elections. Absentee ballots will be counted later this month.
"I'm thrilled and I am anxious to get to work," Hatch said after the results were announced. "I think that we have a good working board. I don't mean that they always agree on everything, but I feel good about the tone of the board."
Hatch said that she would take up Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley on the offer to be sworn into the position at the next town board meeting.
"The sooner the better," Hatch said.
Both Hatch and McGinn said that they plan to run again for a position on the town board next November, as the current term that was vacated by Fenimore and won by Hatch will again be up for vote.
"I have worked hard and they worked hard, and the better candidate won," McGinn said. "I plan to absolutely stay active in town politics and run again in the fall. That was my plan all along, to get back into it next year and to run for the position on the town board."