The Franklin Regional Retirement System concluded a regular election on December 12, 2016, that resulted in the election of Gabriele H. Voelker to the position of Fourth Member on the board for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.
Ms. Voelker is the Treasurer for the towns of New Salem, Shutesbury, Orange, and the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District. This will be her first term.
The election was conducted by mail and saw 29% participation by the eligible members of the system. Of the 1,981 ballots mailed, 577 were returned and counted. The other candidates were David R. Gendron (incumbent) retired Chief of Police, Town of Erving; and Kevin P. Fox, Town Coordinator, Town of Colrain. The results were:
Kevin P. Fox – 101
David R. Gendron – 173
Gabriele H. Voelker – 303