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Showdown vote for Fairhaven Board of Health race

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

A rematch vote for Fairhaven's Board of Health is today, September 9th.

There have been several angry Board of Health meetings in Fairhaven, following a disputed April Fools Day election that ended in a tie.

That led the way to today's rematch between incumbent Peter DeTerra and challenger John Wethington.

The central issue - then and now - Fairhaven's controversial wind turbines located near a residential neighborhood.

Some say the turbines make them ill; other say they've had no problems.

Lisa Plante of Fairhaven, who opposes the turbines, said, "I have had problems with ringing in my ears. I don't know. When I'm far away from the home, I don't get it. I've had headaches."

Linda Therrien of Fairhaven, who supports the turbines said, "I've had absolutely no issues whatsoever. With me, my husband, my children, my dogs. Nobody's, none of us affected."

Last April John Wethington was declared the winner and was sworn in.

Hours later the town clerk said she found more ballots, and Peter DeTerra was called the winner by one vote.

A judge - calling the vote counting a "public disgrace" tossed out a disputed ballot, which left the race in a tie.

With the election up in the air...the fate of the wind turbines hangs in the balance.

Polls in Fairhaven are open until 8 p.m.


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