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New Scotland elects nonpartisan team, anti 'big box'

"Please stay close," he said. "Please stay involved."

LaGrange said his opponents based their campaign on "common sense," but let in too much emotion, personality and ideology. LaGrange said common sense comes from facts, studies and knowledge, and he will continue to use those factors as a town board member.

"Fortunately the common sense came from the voters," LaGrange said.

He also thanked the voters, and commended everyone on the campaign for their hard work. He noted that he was happy to take a non-partisan approach, and as Dolin said during a speech shortly after the results were in, the town is facing issues that affect everyone, not just Republican's or Democrats.

"We started to work together even before the Sphere issue and before the moratorium," LaGrange said in a speech.

The town has enacted three moratoriums in the commercial zone thus far, totaling 18 months.

Mike Mackey, the town's Democratic chairman, said he was overjoyed with the results and said he, like Dolin, sees the election as a referendum against big-box development.

"The public had a clear choice," Mackey said.

The Republican team, congratulated their opponents in person with handshakes and hugs, as they need only make the trip upstairs to do so.

Mike Fields, Dolin's opponent, said he was proud of the committee and the hard work that his running mates Roz Robinson and Tim Stanton put in. He said it was a good experience to go around town and meet the residents, as well.

"I don't think they played very fair, but I wish them well," Fields said. "I don't feel we lost as much as I feel the town of New Scotland lost."

Roz Robinson, who ran for town board, said she was disappointed, but proud of her running mates and her sister, Annie Brill, who helped with her campaign.

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