Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Numbers from Monday night include two selectmen's races, three school committee candidates, and uncontested town offices. Turnout was 21% this year.
Here are the final results for the 2013 Lynnfield Town Election as provided by the Town Clerk's Office: 455 Uncontested Races: Board of Assessors (3 years) - Ronald V. Patton, 1,290 votes (600 blanks) Library Trustee (3 years) - Faith Honer Coakley, 1,341votes (2426 blanks) Town Moderator (1 year) - Arthur Bourque, 1,328 votes (934 blanks) Planning Board (5 years) - Heather Sievers, 1,284 votes (614 blanks) Housing Authority (5 years) - Barbara Casey, 1283 votes (605 blanks)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Town had two competitive selectmen's races this year. Two school committee incumbents appear to have won re-election as well.
Lynnfield voters elected Tom Terranova and Phil Crawford as the newest members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. Terranova, a certified public accountant and Lynnfield Recreation Commission co-chair, defeated Bob MacKendrick by a 950-881 margin, for a three-year term. MacKendrick was first elected to the board of selectmen in 2004 and before that was an assistant fire chief and fireman in town. "It's been a pleasure working with you," MacKendrick said to his colleagues as the new selectmen prepared for what would be a brief first session. "I don't like losing, on the other hand I don't mind retiring kind of for real." "I'm very happy that the town came out and voted their opinion. I'm proud of it and honored by it. I will do my …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Two selectman's races today, plus write-in goes for school committee seat against two incumbents.
Voters in today's Lynnfield town election will have the uncommon task of casting ballots in two different selectmen's races. Tom Kennedy and Phil Crawford are running to complete the one year remaining on the late Selectman Al Merritt's term. Select Board Chair Bob MacKendrick is running for re-election to a three-year term against Tom Terranova, who is making his second run for town office in as many years. The four selectmen candidates participated in a forum two weeks ago in the LHS auditorium, with a follow-up event last Thursday night in the Old Meeting House focusing largely on issues surrounding the MarketStreet Lynnfield development. The school committee race also recently became competitive with the addition of write-in candidate …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Three of the four selectman candidates talked to residents about MarketStreet Lynnfield-related issuesThursday night at the Old Meeting House.
About 70 people turned out at the Old Meeting House on Thursday night to hear candidates for selectman talk primarily about issues involving the MarketStreet Lynnfield project - and especially the proposed cinema that has been in the news this spring. With just four days before the April 8th town election, candidates Bob MacKendrick, Tom Terranova and Tom Kennedy answered questions from the group as well as from Dave Balise, a former finance committee member who acted as a moderator for the two-hour discussion. Candidate Phil Crawford was unable to attend. The event was a followup to the candidate night that took place at the Lynnfield High School auditorium a couple of weeks ago. Thursday night's forum started with Kennedy inquiring about…
Candidate for re-election spent seven years as a middle school teacher.
The following is a candidate statement from Susie Cleary, who is running for a second term on the Lynnfield School Committee in the April 8th town election: I am Susie Cleary and I am running for my second term on the Lynnfield School Committee. I have children in the 5th and 6th grades at Lynnfield Middle School and a 3rd grader at Summer Street School. My background is as an educator, having taught for seven years at the middle school level. What I have learned during my first term has been invaluable. I have seen firsthand the dedication and long hours of so many in our town: administrators, teachers and parents alike. We are all committed to creating and maintaining a premium educational environment for our children. Together as a …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Tom Kennedy, 41, says many residents feel they don't have a voice in town government, and that he will serve only two full terms if elected.
The town of Lynnfield finds itself in the uncommon place of having two selectmen's races this year - one of which is for the one year term left on the seat formerly held by Al Merritt. In that race, 41-year-old Tom Kennedy is making his first bid for public office, running as a candidate with experience who is also something of an outsider. In a recent conversation with Lynnfield Patch, Kennedy, who has lived in Lynnfield for 11 years with his wife Lori and who is a father of two, said that he decided to run in part because "it just seems to be a little inner clique of people that are making every decision in town." "If I'm nothing else, I'm 100% open," said Kennedy, going on to say that the ongoing controversy over the Lynnfield School …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
School Committee Chair and candidate for re-election Dorothy Presser discusses accomplishments of the district and its students in past few years.
Wednesday, April 3
The following is a letter provided by School Committee Chair Dorothy Presser, who is running for re-election on April 8th: In Lynnfield, we are justifiably proud of the quality of our schools and the accomplishments of our students. During the time I have served on the School Committee, our schools have continued to rank highly in state and national measures of achievement and accomplishment: As we strive for educational excellence, my fellow committee members and I also focus on fiscal responsibility. In FY2011, the latest data available, Lynnfield spent $1886 per pupil less than the state average. Our budget would have to increase by $4.3M to match the state average. It would have to increase by $7.1M to match the per pupil spending …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Gravante is an attorney who co-chairs the town's Special Education Parents Advisory Council and who has two children in the school district.
Tuesday, April 2
Elaine Gravante has announced that she is running as a write-in candidate for school committee in the April 8th town election. Below is a letter that she provided: Hello. My name is Elaine Gravante, and I am running on April 8th as a write-in candidate for a seat on the School Committee. I am running because I believe I can make a difference. I believe I can be a voice for the people of this great community. I have been a resident of Lynnfield for 14 years. My husband Barry and I have two boys in the Lynnfield Middle School, grades 6 and 7. Currently, I am co-chair of the SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council). I am also an attorney with the law firm Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe in Charlestown, where I have worked since…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The town election is April 8th.
Saturday, March 30
Selectman Bob MacKendrick was out campaigning this week for the April 8th town election and picked up an unexpected endorsement.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Four candidates running in two races for selectman, with Planning Board candidate Heather Sievers and Lynnfield Housing Authority candidate Barbara Casey participating.
The Lynnfield Business Coalition held its annual candidates forum Thursday night at the Lynnfield High School auditorium, with this year's election primarily focused on the town's two contested selectmen's races. Selectman Bob MacKendrick is running for re-election against challenger Tom Terranova for a three-year term. In the race to finish the one year remaining on the late Al Merritt's term, Tom Kennedy and Phil Crawford are running. The forum features a mix of questions from audience members and moderators. The MarketStreet Lynnfield development figured into many of the questions and responses, especially the recent debate in town over adding a cinema to it. MacKendrick reported that "I do not see a strong groundswell of support for …