WASHINGTON — Mark Lyon earned a fifth term as first selectman Tuesday, beating his unaffiliated challenger by nearly 300 votes.

Lyon picked up 641 votes, while Deborah Forese garnered 380 as 44 percent of the town’s registered voters cast a ballot.

“I appreciate the support from the voters and am looking forward to another four years,” Lyon said Wednesday. “We have a number of projects ahead of us and I appreciate the confidence residents have in my getting them done.”

Washington’s newly elected officials will begin four-year terms. Lyon will be joined on the Board of Selectmen by Republican Dave Werkhoven and Democrat Jay Hublebank. Forese narrowly lost a seat on the board with Hublebank garnering 386 votes.

“This begins four-year terms,” Lyon said. “It will be good for the town to have that four-year stretch for stability. We won’t be campaigning every 18 months. Even if folks don’t like me, it will be better for the town whoever is in office that long.”

Forese said she appreciated all of the support she received.

“I'd like to thank all of my supporters and appreciate all the help I received from diverse corners of my life,” she said. “I could not have attempted this endeavor without them.”

Lyon plans to put money in the coming budget cycle for preliminary work on constructing a senior center. Two possible sites for the new center have been targeted, he said. The town meeting in May to approve the 2015-16 budget will again include a question for an additional $600,000 road work funding, he said. Under Lyon’s administration, road projects long deferred for budgetary consideration have been undertaken.

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