LACONIA — Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham topped the field of eight candidates to claim the two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Moritz, yesterday, polled 410 votes and Lapham 371.
Michael Pelczar finished third with 320 votes, followed by Rosemary Landry with 260 votes, Jonathan James with 192 votes, Michael Hatch with 113 votes, David Bennett with 90 votes and Roland Tichy with 22 votes.
Altogether 945 voters cast ballots.
Calling himself "a high-tech vagabond," Moritz who served as chief executive officer of several companies, made Meredith his home in 1995 and retired there in 2006.He is treasurer of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, a director of the Windy Water Conservancy, the successor to the Waukewan Shore Owners Association, and volunteers with the Executive Service Corps, a group of experienced professionals who offer expertise and advice to nonprofit organization for little or no cost.
Lapham moved to Meredith 26 years ago after leaving a career in banking to own a small business, Village Canvas Company, which is now operated by his son. Ever since he has been an active volunteer, as a Rotarian, director of both the Greater Meredith Program and Chamber of Commerce. He led the volunteers who financed and built the boardwalk between Scenic Park and Hesky Park and most recently chaired the created the Sculpture Walk.
Duncan McNeish, Ann butler and Paul Eldridge, all incumbents, were re-elected trustees of the Meredith Public Library without opposition and were joined by Miller Lovett who won the fourth seat unopposed.
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