Aquinnah voters opted for change on Wednesday as Julianne Vanderhoop unseated one-term selectman Beverly Wright by a wide margin in the annual town election.
The vote was 93 to 69.
“It's a huge relief, I hope this moves us forward in a more positive and more energized and more together community,” Ms. Vanderhoop told the Gazette Wednesday night from the Orange Peel Bakery, which she has owned since 2006. “I am so psyched. We're having a big old party up here with live music going on and dancing and plenty of desserts.”
Ms. Wright served on the board for three years. She was previously the chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Ms. Wright could not immediately be reached for comment.
Ms. Vanderhoop, who is also a tribal member, emphasized providing more opportunities for younger generations in town during her campaign. She is a member of the board of health and is a longtime member of the tribal education committee.
A ballot question urging Governor Deval Patrick to close the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station passed 136-18.
Elected with no contest were:
Jane Lynch, library trustee, 141; Michael Stutz, board of assessors, 118; Sarah Saltonstall, board of health, 144; Carolyn Feltz, town clerk, 156 (top vote getter); Peter Temple, planning board, 123; Jim Wallin, planning board, 100.
A total of 163 out of 368 registered voters, about 44 per cent, turned out to the polls on Wednesday. Town clerk Carolyn Feltz said the contested race drew a high turnout for the smallest town on the Island.