By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant and former Fire Chief Edward “Skee” Bigelow emerged successful in the preliminary election for mayor held Oct. 6, eliminating Paul Polewacyk and Erik Jewett. Vigeant received 1,274 votes and won all 14 precincts. Bigelow received 393 votes, followed by Polewaczyk with 374 votes and Jewett, 181 votes.
Finishing first in the councilor-at-large race was incumbent Mark Oram, receiving 1,155 votes, followed closely by Michael Ossing, with 1,145 votes. The remaining successful candidates whose names will appear on the Nov. 3 third biennial election ballot are: Katie Robey, 1,011 votes, former City Councilor Peter Juaire, 862 votes; former School Committee member Ken Vigeant, 791 votes; Maureen Brennan, 753 votes; Paul Brodeur, 515 votes, and James Jumonville, 285 votes. Eliminated from the nine-candidate race was Julia Lopez.
Domenic Valarioti topped the three-way race for the Assabet Valley Regional District School Committee with 712 votes followed by Peggy Ayres with 666 votes. Third candidate Mark Stukonis was eliminated from the contest, receiving 633 votes.
The new Senior Center was bustling with activity as it served for the first time as the polling location for five precincts. They included Ward 3, Precinct 1; Ward 4, Precincts 1 and 2; and Ward 5, Precincts 1 and 2.