By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM — Selectmen Michael Lyons and Stephen Campbell were re-elected yesterday, beating out challenger Michael Petrilli Sr.
The two were elected to three-year terms on the five-member board.
Lyons was seeking his fourth term as selectman and Campbell his second. They rejoin current Selectmen Everett McBride Jr., James Keller and Patrick Hargreaves.
Lyons received 3,024 votes, while Campbell got 2,820. Petrilli, running for office for the first time, received 2,287 votes.
Voters also re-elected Planning Board incumbent Roland Belanger and political newcomer Jane Lang. Belanger and Lang received 2,273 and 2,069 votes, respectively, for the three-year seats.
Defeated were John Manning Jr. with 1,766 votes and Lawson Brouse with 1,637, votes.
In the only other contested race, Shannon Bettencourt and incumbent Steven Plante won three-year Budget Committee seats.
Bettencourt received 3,027 votes and Plante got 2,141. They defeated incumbent Barry Pietrantonio, who received 2,043 votes.
Votes were cast by 5,793 people. The town has 19,406 registered voters, including more than 400 who signed up since the deliberative session Feb. 1.
The re-election of Lyons and Campbell returns two selectmen with opposite views to the board.
Lyons and Campbell often disagree on issues, and Campbell is frequently in the minority when the board votes.
They refrained from making personal attacks in the weeks leading up to the election.
But late yesterday afternoon, Campbell stood outside the polls at Rockingham Park holding two campaign signs.
One sign sought support for himself while the other asked voters to back Petrilli.
Campbell said he met Petrilli at a town Republican Committee meeting a few years ago and wanted to help out.
Petrilli and Lyons were campaigning across town at the Ingram Senior Center.
The three selectman candidates were optimistic, but not overly confident as they sought voters’ support.
“Nothing is proved sure until the announcement,” Lyons said.
That was the announcement of the election results at Town Hall after polls at the four locations closed at 7 p.m. Lancaster and North Salem schools were also polling places.
Town moderator Christopher Goodnow said although voter turnout was steady throughout the day, it was light between 7 and 9 p.m. — traditionally a busy time. The turnout began to pick up by late afternoon.
Among the big-tickets items on the warrant the ballot that were approved were $4.6 million for road projects and $1.6 million in bonds for bridge reconstruction projects.
Ten roads would be reconstructed, including South Policy Street and Shannon Road. An additional 13 roads would receive maintenance.
The $1.6 million would be spent on reconstructing the Shannon Road and Teague Drive bridges, and replacing a culvert on Cove Road Extension.