NORTH HAMPTON — Selectman Jim Maggiore was re-elected to a fourth term at Tuesday’s election, defeating challenger John Anthony Simmons.
Maggiore received 625 votes to Simmons 416.
"I want to work with people - elected, professionals, volunteers, and residents - to ensure the highly desirable quality of life we have here in North Hampton for generations to come," said Maggiore on why he decided to run for the position again.
In other contested races, Kathleen Kilgore was elected library trustee, defeating former selectman Rick Stanton by a vote of 573 to 407.
The Planning Board welcomed back two familiar faces as Robert Shep Kroner and current alternate member Lauri John Etela won the two open seats, defeating Frank Ferraro and Scott Baker. Other contested races included the Budget Committee, where in a three-way race for two seats, Jonathan Pinette and George Chauncey won, besting newcomer Charles Gallant.
While Baker didn't win a seat on the Planning Board, he did win a seat on the North Hampton School Board. The other uncontested School Board seat went to Tom Von Jess.
Voters approved all the money-related warrant articles on the town and school ballots except for a request to spend $375,000 from the town's unassigned balance to purchase a parcel of land at 216 Atlantic Ave.
The article was rejected by a vote of 429 to 613.
Proponents of the article wanted to use the land for the future location of town facilities. Opponents cited the price tag and the fact the town had purchased a similar plot, the Homestead property, which after much debate and proposed uses, remains empty.
The town's $7,161,370 operating budget was approved by a vote of 704 to 327.
Voters also approved $100,000 to go towards a future library renovation as well as a citizen’s petition for $375,000 to be used for that purpose as well.
Residents overwhelmingly voted to adopt a new town flag by a vote of 842-194. The new flag was designed by resident and high school student Max Reich and incorporates colors and symbolism from the town’s history and geography.