Hanover Co-op Votes Tallied Up

Published: 5/2/2016 1:13:21 AM
Modified: 5/2/2016 4:18:43 PM

Hanover — Results are in from voting throughout the month of April for five seats on the board of directors of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society.

Kevin Birdsey (1,389 votes), Dana Cook Grossman (1,289), William Craig (1,195), Edwin Howes (1,138) and Liz Blum (1,090) all won seats on the board.

Ten candidates were running for five seats on the 12-member board, and only six had been deemed “suitably qualified” by the Co-op’s nominating committee.

They were incumbent Benoit Roisin, Phil Pochoda, Donald Kreis, Howes, Cook Grossman and Birdsey.

The rest were running by petition. The activist group Concerned About the Co-op had endorsed five candidates: Pochoda, Kreis, Craig, Blum and Ann MacDonald.

Another member of Concerned About the Co-op, Sean Clauson, ran independently as a petition candidate.

“The election results are a clear call for all elements of the Co-op community to listen respectfully to one another,” Concerned About the Co-op member Craig said in an emailed statement. “No one idea holds the key to the Co-op’s future. No one wants to downplay what the Co-op does right, and we do ourselves no favors by pretending no problems need solving. I’m looking forward to listening, learning and working together for the Co-op’s brightest future.”

Blum, another Concerned About the Co-op member, said she was “thrilled” to have been elected to the board.

“I’m looking forward to a lot more cooperation among the board — emphasizing ‘co-op,’ ” Blum said Sunday night.

“I think it’s a signal that people are looking for a change in the co-op,” she said about herself and Craig being elected.

The top four vote-getters — Birdsey, Cook Grossman, Craig and Howes — will serve three-year terms. Blum, the fifth-place finisher, will serve for one year.

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