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Deerfield elects newcomers to Select Board

Komosa unseats incumbent Gilmore

  • KOMOSA

  • McDANIEL



For the Gazette
Monday, May 09, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two newcomers were elected Monday to the Select Board.

Henry Komosa earned 447 votes to oust incumbent Mark E. Gilmore (438) for a three-year term. Another challenger, Jonathan Prosperi, finished third with 104 votes.

In a separate contest, Trevor McDaniel defeated Leonard T. Grybko for the final year of a seat being vacated by David Wolfram. McDaniel got 632 votes to 395 for Grybko.

Komosa has owned Komosa Construction, Deerfield Suzuki and New England Candle Co.

McDaniel is a Sunderland native who moved to Deerfield about 12 years ago.

In the only other contested race, John R. Baronas (626 votes) and John F. Waite (507) defeated Joseph Skalski (451) to win re-election to their Planning Board seats.

The following people won uncontested races: John P. Coderre, assessor, three years;  Geoffrey D. Sharp (incumbent), School Committee, three years; Jan R. Flaska, School Committee, three years; Leonard T. Grybko Jr. (incumbent), elector under Oliver Smith Will, one year; Daniel F. Graves, moderator, one year; Ann-Mary Cloutier, Tilton Library trustee, three years; and Sharyn A. Paciorek and Roger J. Sadoski Jr. (both incumbents), constable, three years.

Komosa, also a member of the Deerfield Planning Board, has owned Komosa Construction, Deerfield Suzuki and New England Candle Co.

“I’ve been self-employed for 44 years. … I’m used to handling multimillion-dollar budgets. I understand the importance of having quality people around you,” he previously said. “Quality personnel is really key.”

Komosa said he also wants to help make improvements to the town’s senior center and two wastewater treatment plants.

McDaniel is a Sunderland native who moved to Deerfield about 12 years ago. He previously said he hopes to build working relationships and gain a full understanding of town government in the year left on Wolfram’s term and then he will consider running for a full term. He said he does not want to make any promises because he expects a significant learning curve.

“My goal is to bring some civility and function to the board. Getting signatures (to be on the ballot), it felt like people wanted to be proud of their board,” he said. “This is a good way for me to get my feet wet.”

There were no nomination papers taken out for the open three-year seat on the Frontier Regional School Committee.