Upstart Kilmer defeats incumbent Hawver in race for Sheffield Selectboard; Hoy wins seat on Planning Board

Preliminary results have Kilmer leading Hawver by a margin of 532-339.

Sheffield — In Monday’s town elections (May 11), veteran incumbent selectman Nadine Hawver was ousted by Ashley Falls dairy farmer Bob Kilmer in her bid to win a third term on the board of selectmen.

Preliminary results have Kilmer leading Hawver by a margin of 532-339, town clerk Felecie Joyce told The Edge. In addition, Sari Hoy, who ran uncontested as a write-in candidate for a seat on the planning board, was also victorious.

The town of Sheffield has a total of 2,392 registered voters, with 871 casting ballots for today’s elections, for a turnout of 36.4 percent, Joyce said. The only contested races were for board of selectmen and planning board. Click here to see the ballot.

In a brief Edge interview, Kilmer said he was humbled by the margin of his victory.

“What I would like to see is a lot more of a united community with a lot less division and more goodwill and trust between the departments and town hall,” Kilmer said.

The selectboard’s next meeting is Wednesday, May 13, at 2:15 p.m. Kilmer will join incumbents Martin Mitsoff and Rene Wood, who currently chairs the board.

Absentee ballot request forms were mailed earlier to all registered voters in order to facilitate remote voting and be consistent with the state’s social distancing guidelines. All registered voters were allowed to vote by absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic.