There is a ballot battle brewing in Fairhaven. Monday night Board of Health challenger John Wethington was told he defeated incumbent Peter Deterra by three votes.
Candidate John Wethington said, "I was sworn in by Eileen Lowney, I signed the book, and in my mind I'm on the Board of Health."
But the Town Clerk Eileen Lowney says she acted too hastily. When over 40 other hand counted ballots were later discovered that put incumbent Peter Deterra ahead by one vote.
Town Clerk Eileen Lowney who handled the election said, "This is where it does not get very, very clear. (Mark: This is very confusing, in fact). Exactly so this is why I keep calling Boston to find out exactly what I need to do next."
The clerk heard complaints that one candidate was hanging out in her office, close to unattended ballots.