Baines, Whitehouse win school panel seats
Democrats Sarah Baines and B.J. Whitehouse each won a seat and three-year terms on the School Committee following Tuesday’s election between three candidates for two open spots.
Newcomer Baines finished atop the voting with 593 votes. Whitehouse, the incumbent who was re-elected to his post, received 518 votes. Republican Lowell Thomas finished third with 473 votes.
Baines is a former member of the Lawn and Melrose Avenue school improvement teams. Both of her children graduated from the Jamestown schools and North Kingstown High School. She has lived on the island for 17 years with her husband, Andy.
Whitehouse has been a teacher his whole professional career. He has been at his current position teaching music in the Little Compton school system for 23 years. He has lived in Jamestown for 22 years with his wife, Christine.
Also, in the ballot’s lone referendum, residents voted 515-368 to approve a $1 million bond issue to close the landfill on North Main Road.
Of 4,590 registered voters in Jamestown, 938 ballots were cast – a voter turnout of less than 21 percent.