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Cryans Defeats Sharp in Contest for Grafton County Commissioner Post

Lebanon — Commissioner Michael Cryans easily beat back a challenge from former Register of Deeds Bill Sharp as unofficial election results came in last night.

In Lebanon, Cryans, a Hanover Democrat, had 4,238 votes to Sharp’s 1,866. In Hanover, Cryans received 4,421 votes and Sharp received 1,201, and in Enfield, Cryans received 1,428 votes and Sharp received 778.

When interviewed by the Valley News last week, Cryans said his top priorities would be the budget, completing the county biomass plant and tearing down therazing the old jail facility in North Haverhill, which is costing the county $52,000 annually just to maintain the unoccupied building.

Sharp, a former Democratic register of deeds, was turned out by voters in 2010. He switched parties this year to run against Cryans.

In the race for register of deeds, incumbent Kelley Jean Monahan, D-Orford, racked up big margins in Hanover and Lebanon, against her Republican opponent, 27-year old Vermont Law School graduate Tyler Drummond.

But Drummond took the town of Haverhill, 936-874, and countywide results were not immediately available.

Likewise, Bonnie McCrory Parker, a Hanover Democrat, won in the Lebanon area, but incumbent Republican Treasurer Carol Elliott was expected to do well in northern Grafton County, and took Haverhill, the county seat.

Long-time Grafton County Sheriff Doug Dutile, R-Haverhill, was expected to defeat Orford independent Joshua Dickey.

In other seats, County Attorney Lara Saffo, D-Benton, and Register of Probate Rebecca Wyman, R-Woodsville, ran unopposed for re-election.