Published DateTILTON-NORTHFIELD — Controversial incumbent Pat Clark held his seat on the Tilton-Northfield Fire Commission, leading a field of three, all from Tilton, with 468 votes. Jane Alden came second with 231 votes and Eric Pyra third with 82 votes.
Clark outpolled Alden in Tilton by 23 votes, 167 to 144, but carried Northfield, with its larger electorate, by a margin of more than three-to-one, 301 to 87.
The campaign was overshadowed by strong feelings about Clark's role in enforcing a requirement that newly appointed Chief Brad Ober reside within the district. After 18 months the issue was resolved at the eleventh hour when, facing possible dismissal, Ober moved to Tilton.
An warrant article to repeal the residency requirement is on the ballot of the fire district meeting to be held on Monday, March 18 in the cafeteria of Winnisquam Regional High School, beginning at 7 p.m.