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Jordan wins Keene town justice election by 9 votes

KEENE — Uncertified results from the Essex County Board of Elections show Henrietta Jordan as the winner of Keene’s town justice race.

The race was too close to call on election night. Between in-person voting on Election Day and ballots cast during the state’s nine-day early voting period, the totals stood at 250 votes for Jordan’s opponent Barbara S. Dwyer, who ran on the independent Dwyer party line, and 220 for Jordan, on the independent Justice For All line. But 200 absentee ballots were left to be counted, enough to potentially swing a 30-vote margin the other way — which is what happened.

With those absentees now counted, Jordan has won the election with an advantage of just nine votes over Dwyer, 324 to 315.

Election commissioners announced Monday, Nov. 23 that the final election results were posted on the county’s website.

“I’m pleased with the results, obviously, and I’m very grateful to the voters of the town of Keene for electing me to this position,” Jordan said Thursday, Nov. 19. “I hope I will serve them, the town and all the users of the justice court as best I can over the next four years.”

Jordan also thanked her opponent.

“I also want to congratulate my opponent for running a fine race. It was very close,” she said. “I hope she continues to engage in the affairs of our town.”

Dwyer said Nov. 19 that it was a “good race” and that she would consider running again.