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Murphy re-elected Hancock mayor

Dardar, Hudson earn council seats

Dardar, Hudson earn council seats

January 26, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HANCOCK -- Mayor Daniel A. Murphy easily won re-election in Monday's town election when he outdistanced opponent Dr. Ralph T. Salvagno by 100 votes, according to complete returns.

Murphy picked up 266 votes compared to 166 for Salvagno, according to returns.

Nigel Dardar, who received 239 votes and Dennis Hudson, who received 292 votes, were elected to two open seats on the town council. The other two council candidates were Randy Pittman, who received 180 votes, and Jeffrey A. Ratcliff, who collected 103 votes.

Murphy said his victory showed that people supported his push for the town to take over the former Fleetwood Travel Trailers plant and hopefully find new tenants for it.

"That makes me feel good," Murphy said in a telephone interview Monday night after the election. "I'm very, very pleased to be entering my seventh term, which I think is a record."

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Mayors serve for two years and council members serve four-year terms.

Hancock has lost hundreds of jobs over the past 15 years through closures of the London Fog coat factory and Fleetwood.

Salvagno has said the purchase of the Fleetwood property was "ill-conceived and ill-timed," and that the $900,000 that was donated to the town and used to buy the Fleetwood property could have been used for other purposes.

Salvagno said Monday night he was proud of the issues that he and others pushed in election and he wished Murphy and the new council members luck in the years ahead.

Murphy said it has been hard to convince companies to relocate or open new branches in the current economic climate, but officials are continuing to market the Fleetwood property.

A total of 437 people out of 1,198 registered voters cast ballots in the election, according to election officials.

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