VIENNA — Town meeting voters opted for a new town clerk and tax collector during municipal elections on Friday. All elected municipal positions are for one year.

Vienna native Annie Tibbetts narrowly won the two jobs over Connie Smith, who has held the town clerk position for 15 years and tax collector for 14.

Tibbetts received 141 votes for town clerk, while Smith got 135. The tax collector race results were closer. Tibbetts had 138 votes to Smith’s 136.

First Selectman Doris “Dodi” Thompson said Saturday evening that Connie Smith requested a recount, because the results for both the tax collector and town clerk races were so close. She said selectmen will conduct the recount next week.

“Everything went pretty smooth except for the elections,” Thompson said. “That was a bit of a shakeup.”

She said Tibbetts, who is the daughter of Vienna’s former town clerk, has repeatedly run against Connie Smith for four years. Last year it was Tibbetts who requested a recount after Smith narrowly won re-election.


“We did (the recount) last year when (the votes) went the other way, but Connie remained the winner,” Thompson said.

In the other elections, voters chose Danny Goucher as the new road commissioner. Other candidates were Troy Bean and Alan Williams.

Road Commissioner Lenny Meader Jr. did not seek re-election, Smith told the Sun Journal on Thursday. Meader held the position for eight years.

Winning re-election were:

* Thompson, who has held the first selectman position for 17 years, she said. She received 245 votes.

* Chris Smith for the second selectman position he has held for 10 years. He is Connie Smith’s husband. Chris Smith tallied 231 votes.


* Jeff Rackliff, who got 238 votes for the third selectman position.

* Martha Gross as treasurer, a position she has held for more than 10 years. She received 244 votes.

Selectman Laura Church did not seek re-election.

Town meeting reconvened at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Community Building on Kimball Pond Road and lasted an hour, Thompson said.

Voters considered 46 articles and approved all recommendations, giving Vienna a municipal budget of $506,064. That’s up $8,547 over the 2012 budget, Smith said.

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