Noel Merrihew, III
Elizabethtown has done a 180.
Two years after Supervisor and former Essex County Board chairman Noel Merrihew, III, was ousted by Margaret Bartley, he was returned to office by voters, 248-195, after ballots were counted Nov. 5.
Currently, 51 of a requested 66 ballots have been returned to the Essex County Board of Elections. Bartley would need a 60-6 edge in absentee ballots.
"I'm just elated and satisfied with the support that was evident with this result," Merrihew said outside the town hall which he will again oversee come Jan. 1. "I did have a lot of citizens out working for me this time. It was helpful that there was a council race that was also contested because that really got the vote out. I look forward to it. I enjoy working with the people and helping to solve problems."
In the council race, William Wright, Jr., received 259 votes, while Rick Olcott received 254 votes. Incumbent councilwoman Evelyn Hatch received 217.
Merrihew said that voter turnout was something he was focused on this time around.
"Last time we had 80 identified voters that didn't participate," Merrihew said. "We made sure that we got those people out for the vote."
"This is a democracy and the people have made a choice and I respect that choice," Bartley said. "I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me by calling and writing letters. In my two years in office, we have accomplished a lot and there are things that I want to tie up before I go."
Bartley said that she had no regrets in the campaign.
"I gave it my all and I cannot think of anything that I would do differently," she said. "I may decide that in two years, if people want me to try can come back I would look into that, They have had the experience of me being in office and if they wanted me to try again, then sure."