LITTLE COMPTON — Mary-Jane Harrington, in one of the most-watched contests in town — a three-way fight for election to be Little Compton’s treasurer and collector of taxes, won the position with 44.6 percent of the vote.
She is the incumbent, and the only announced Democrat among the town’s 14 candidates for public office this year.
Tom Allder, the highly visible and embattled chairman of the school building committee, won a seat on the school committee. So did Peg Bugara. Both are Republicans.
All five incumbent Republican town council members won re-election.
The only electoral contests in this town were for town treasurer/collector of taxes and for the school committee. All the rest of the elected offices featured candidates who were unopposed.
Tuesday evening before the polls closed, Robert H. Goff, Jr., one of two unsuccessful candidates for treasurer, was asked to comment about what was at stake in the town elections this year. Of the uncontested races, which he called “shoo-ins,” he said, “it means people are comfortable with the status quo on the town council, with the tax assessor, and the town clerk.”
Other uncontested winners were Leonard Duckworth for assessor, and Carol Wordell for town clerk.
Little Compton voters approved both the Twin River Casino and Newport Grand questions. They also approved spending for higher education facilities, by a 60 percent margin. Clean water and environmental management bonds were endorsed by 68 and 69 percent, respectively, of town voters.
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