GRAFTON, Mass. - It's the day of decision for Grafton on Tuesday after months of campaigning will end with the Town Election.
Election 2012 brings three contested races, with candidates scrambling for seats on the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board.
Running for re-election is longtime Selectman Brook Padgett, who is employed as a hearing officer for the state. Challenging Padgett for the one seat in the race is Bruce Spinney, currently chairman of the Planning Board.
The School Committee is a three-way battle for two spots. Seeking re-election is Chairman Kathleen Halloran and member Peter Carlson, both of whom are completing their first term. Looking for a seat at the table is Margaret McDonald, chairman of the Grafton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group.
On the Planning Board, three challengers seek two seats. Running for re-election is Robert Hassinger, who measures his time on the board in decades. Seeking election are Michael Scully and Robert Sims.
Three people are seeking election to the three open spots on the Grafton Public Library Board of Trustees. Seeking re-election are Douglas Bowman and Diane Libbey. Carrie Hogan is seeking her first term on the board.
Also on the ballot is a Farm Animal Excise Tax question: Shall the town of Grafton cease assessing the excise imposed under General Laws Chapter 59, Section 8A on certain animals, machinery and equipment owned by individuals and non-corporate entities principally engaged in agriculture?
All five precincts will vote at Grafton Elementary School on Millbury Street, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Results will be reported live on Election Night on TheDailyGrafton.com.