TRURO — “Farmer Stephanie” Rein is the newest select board member after a spirited race against planning board member Karen Tosh to succeed the late Maureen Burgess.
Tuesday’s special election brought out 33 percent of the town’s 1,877 registered voters. Rein won 378 to 240; there were two blanks. She has said she’ll run for a three-year term on May 12.
Rein, 50, will change the balance of the board on several key issues, such as housing diversity and the future of the Walsh property, 70 acres of town-owned land, said Nick Brown, a Rein supporter.
“I’m amazed that 620 people voted; the last time we had a special election we had 84 voters back in 2004,” Rein said. “I’m so proud that people in my community were so engaged.”
Rein has said she wants to help working-class people and families because they are not well represented on town boards. She has stressed the need for affordable housing and housing for the elderly who want to downsize and stay in Truro.