TOWN OF WATERTOWN — Longtime Watertown Town Chairman Richard Gimler, running as a write-in candidate, was defeated Tuesday by John Thoma.

Thoma received 311 votes, while the write-in candidate, presumably Gimler in most instances, received 121.

Gimler served 38 years as town chairman in Watertown.

He missed the Jan. 5 deadline to submit his nomination papers for health reasons, but said he wanted to continue advocating and working for town residents.

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