By CLAIRE GALVIN
Chronicle Staff Writer
ASHFORD â€” Cathryn Silver-Smith will be the Democratic candidate for a position on the board of selectmen as she defeated Judith Austin in a primary held Tuesday.
Silver-Smith won 147 votes, while Austin won 107, according to Ashford Democratic Deputy Registrar Lauren Olson.
â€śWe all came together afterward because we are all Democrats,â€ť Silver-Smith said this morning. â€śIt was not a vicious primary. I have a lot of respect for Judy.â€ť
Silver-Smith said the turnout was higher than expected.
Of the 964 registered Democrats, 248 came out to vote. Six absentee ballots were received.
In total, 26.35 percent of the townâ€™s registered Democrats voted.
Only registered Democrats were eligible to vote in the primary.
Olson said there will not be a recount.
Silver-Smith was the original candidate endorsed in the Democratic caucus.
Austin needed to later petition to get on the ballot and did not receive support from the Democratic town committee during her campaign.
Both Austin and Silver-Smith are members of the Ashford Board of Finance.
Silver-Smith has concluded three six-year terms, while Austin still has time to finish her first term.
Silver-Smith has been the chairman of the board of finance for 16 years. She is an information technology project manager.
Republican William Falletti is running for re-election for the other selectman seat.