HILLSBOROUGH — Jenn Weaver and Kathleen Ferguson were elected Hillsborough town commissioners Tuesday, winning two open seats in a contest of three candidates.
Weaver won 493 of the 1,157 votes, and Ferguson won 424. Meighan Carmichael received 233 votes, and seven write-in votes were cast
Its both humbling and exciting, Weaver said. People said over and over again that there were three excellent candidates.
Weaver, a yoga teacher and freelance copy editor, and Ferguson, an associate director at Quintiles biotech and pharmaceutical company, will join Commissioners Evelyn Lloyd and Brian Lowen and Mayor Pro Tem Eric Hallman on the board, along with Mayor Tom Stevens.
Stevens was re-elected for his fifth term Tuesday, running unopposed and earning 573 of 593 votes.
Commissioners Frances Dancy and Mike Gering chose not to seek re-election.
Ferguson said that she has worked with the town board before, both as a member of a neighborhood watch and as an inidvidual. She said she hopes to build and strengthen relationships between Hillsborough and neighboring municipalities.
We are part of a greater region, she said. Its important that we maintain those relationships.
Weaver said she hopes to increase connectivity within the town physically and culturally, strengthening the towns sense of community. She also hopes to bolster the towns economic and environmental sustainability.
Social justice is something Im a firm believer in, she said. I think theres a lot that can be done at the local level.
Both Ferguson and Weaver said their next steps include meeting with other town officials and continuing their research.
Ive been doing a lot of reading already, and Ill be doing much more Im sure, Weaver said.
The next town of commissioners meeting is Nov. 12.
Carmichael, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday night, said in an interview Monday that she would stay involved with the town regardless of the election results.
Theres a next step thats coming, and Im excited to see what it is, she said.