Sat, Nov. 16

New Jerome Town Council selected

The new Jerome Town Council has been selected in Tuesday's election. Residents will not have to vote again during the May 18 election.

Six candidates, including only one incumbent, ran for the five open seats on the council. Of the 271 registered voters in Jerome, 176 ballots were cast. The five candidates receiving the most votes each received more than 50 percent plus one vote of the total number of ballots.

As long as each of the top five candidates received 99 votes, none of those candidates is required to be on a ballot during the general election. In fact, Jerome will not hold a general election on May 18.

Jane Moore, vice mayor and the only incumbent on the ballot, received the most votes with 130. Lisa Rappaport came in second with 104 votes, and Jeanie "Jet" Tennant received 98 votes. Only one vote separated the fourth and fifth place finishers, John "Bob" Bouwman and John Scarcella respectively. Scarcella is a past mayor of Jerome.

Annie Olivieri missed serving on the council by only one vote. She received 90 votes, only one behind Scarcella.

Town Clerk Al Palmieri said the vote tally will be made official during a special council meeting on March 22.

"The winning candidates will be sworn in within 20 days following the May 18 election," Palmieri said.

He said the old council will sit probably during the first meeting in June if not sooner, and clear up old business.

"Then the new council will take over and elect the mayor and vice mayor," Palmieri said. Then the new council will conduct its first scheduled meeting in July.

Palmieri said that traditionally, the mayor is the candidate who received the most votes during the election, and the vice mayor is traditionally the candidate with the second highest number of votes.

Voters in Jerome were allowed to cast up to five votes.

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