Andrews takes bulk of write-ins to win Waterford election


WATERFORD — Wyatt Andrews of Bisbeetown Road has won a seat to the Board of Selectmen as a write-in.

The 50-year-old Waterford native garnered 44 of the 78 votes in the annual election Friday. The announcement was made shortly after 8 p.m.

Deputy Town Clerk Betty Becker said there was a smattering of other write-in candidates but no one came close to getting the number Andrews received.

In the only other election, school director William Hanger was re-elected with 67 votes.

Town Clerk Brenda Bigonski said some 60 or more votes had been cast by 3 p.m. “It’s better than I thought it would be,” she said of the voting throughout the day.

Andrews announced his intent to seek the open selectman’s seat as a write-in candidate two weeks ago when no one took out nomination papers. The position was vacated by board Chairman John Bell.

Others on the board are Randy Lessard and Richard Hunt.

Andrews, who was at the polls as they closed, said he is cautiously excited about his new job.

“It’s a fulfilling feeling to know you’re doing something for the community and giving something back,” he said, adding he was thankful for those who voted for him.

“So here we go. It begins,” he said. He is expected to be sworn before or after the annual town meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the municipal building on Valley Road.

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