REHOBOTH -- Voters decided to stay with familiar faces in the board of selectmen’s race, reelecting incumbent Gerald Schwall and Michael Costello, but there was an upset in the race for Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee.
David Katseff, who had served on the committee for about 30 years, lost his seat to newcomer George Solas, a member of the town finance committee. Incumbent school committee member Katherine Cooper was reelected to her second full term on the committee.
In the selectmen’s race, Schwall received the most votes with 946. Costello had 798. North Attleboro police officer Craig Chapman received 545, local business owner Antonio Oliveira had 355, and Jonathan Clark received 212.
“I am very happy and humbled and I look forward to continuing to serve for the next three years,” Schwall said.
“I want to thank all my supporters and everyone who voted for me for trusting me with the position. I plan to continue to work for all the residents of Rehoboth,” Costello said.
In the D-R Regional School Committee race, Cooper led with the most votes at 879. Solas received 748 votes, beating Michael Deignan’s 727 by only 21 votes. Katseff was fourth, with 603 votes.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the community,” Cooper said.
Solas said he was “thrilled” with the outcome and also thanked his supporters.
“It’s been exciting over the last few weeks seeing new faces and old friends. Having won has energized me to put 1000 percent of my energy into supporting the citizens of Rehoboth,” Solas said.
Voters also overwhelmingly approved the ballot question on a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion to pay the town’s share of the $3.1 million cost to replace the roof at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. The vote was 1,074 to 457.
The cost to a typical homeowner is estimated at about $43 a year for the expected 20 years of borrowing.
"I am absolutely elated with the outcome of the ballot question,” Superintendent Anthony Azar said in an email.
Voter turnout was 1,627, or 19 percent of the 8,699 registered voters.