Cope defeated by Lowe in Sherman first selectman race
SHERMAN — Don Lowe was elected first selectman Tuesday, beating incumbent Clay Cope, who was vying for his fourth term.
“I’m deeply moved by the message from the voters of Sherman,” Lowe said Tuesday night. “I’m deeply honored.”
In 2015, Lowe lost his race for first selectman to Cope by just 80 votes out of more than 1,300 cast. This year, he outgunned Cope by 90 votes, according to unofficial results.
Lowe, a Democrat, won with 726 votes to Cope’s 636 votes, unofficial numbers showed. Cope garnered fewer votes than his running mate, Bob Ostrosky, and Lowe’s running mate, Kevin Keenan, and will thus be off the board when his term is up.
Cope has said he helped put Sherman “on a very solid path” by reducing the town’s debt and promoting important projects the town can afford.
Lowe, a musician and adjunct professor of English, said he hoped to better manage town employees and volunteers when he is at the helm.
He had previously served two terms as selectman, from 2004 to 2008, before again becoming a selectman in 2015.
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