By Montana SamuelsFairhaven Advocate
There were few contested races and only one ballot question, on what started out as a snowy election day Monday in Fairhaven and Acushnet. Voters in both communities pretty much stayed home in droves.
There were also no contests on either the Lakeville or Freetown ballots.
In Acushnet, there were no contested races, but recreational marijuana was on the table. With only 5 percent of voters turning out, they voted 205 to 139 to prohibit all “non-medical marijuana establishments” in town, unofficial results from Town Clerk Pamela Labonte’s office showed. In the November 2016 state election, Acushnet voters, by a slim margin, had favored legalization of adult recreational marijuana use.
The turnout in Fairhaven wasn’t much better, running about 5 percent, as well, according to unofficial tallies.
For the Board of Health, Michael Silvia defeated Barbara Acksen, 444 to 247, unofficial results showed.
Two seats were open on the Board of Public Works and as of Tuesday afternoon, one was still to be decided. Incumbent Keith Silvia won one seat with 408 votes. But incumbent Robert D.