WVN ALERT: Election results
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Wayland voters returned two selectmen and two School Committee members to office Tuesday, but turned out the School Committee chairman.
A debt-exclusion measure to borrow $880,000 for school technology and new recreation fields was approved. Town Meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 7, will make the final judgment.
Ellen Grieco, a lawyer with children in elementary school, defeated Louis Jurist by 80 votes for a one-year term. Barb Fetcher and Beth Butler were elected to three-year Committee terms.
Selectmen Steve Correia and Joe Nolan won re-election.
Grieco was endorsed by School Committee member Shawn Kinney, who successfully pushed for an independent study of accounting procedures that became a campaign issue. Alexia Obar, also linked with Kinney, was defeated, coming within 118 votes of Fletcher.
One voter consideration was experience in the job. Fletcher has six years on the Committee. Butler was appointed last year after a Committee resignation.
In the only other contested race Russell Kopp defeated Steven Glovsky for a three-year term as a commissioner of trust funds.
Voter turnout was 2434 -- 27% of registered voters.
QUESTION 1: Yes 1159 (54%), No 996
BOARD OF SELECTMEN 3 years
Steve Correia 1313
Joe Nolan 1364
Don Bustin 925
SCHOOL COMMITTEE 3 years
Barbara Fletcher 1274
Beth Butler 1411
Alexia Obar 1156
SCHOOL COMMITTEE 1 year
Louis Jurist 1123
Elllen Grieco 1203
State Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose prevailed in Wayland Tuesday while handily winning the 5th Congressional District Democratic primary.
In a Wayland turnout of 15% of registered voters, Clark received 404 votes, well ahead of Karen Spilka (251), Carl Sciortino Jr., (209), Peter Koutoujian (195) and William Brownsberger (120).
Businessman and lawyer Frank Addivinola Jr., who won the Republican primary, received 52 votes in Wayland, trailing Michael Stopa (63) and Tom Tierney (62).
The election to choose a successor to Ed Markey in the heavily Democratic district is scheduled for Dec. 10.
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Establishment candidates prevailed in the April 1 Wayland election, creating a Board of Selectmen majority able to outvote two incumbents who are regarded as independent-minded.
In selectman balloting Joe Nolan was returned to office for another three years. Cherry Karlson, a Finance Committee veteran, will replace retiring Selectman Steve Correia. Former selectman Mary Antes will serve a one-year term replacing Doug Leard, who retired from the Board for health reasons.
The results are in effect a vote of confidence in the way Wayland has been governed during the past several years of polarizing controversy, lawsuits and questionable accounting.
School Committee Chair Barb Fletcher won re-election. Another establishment-backed candidate, Jeanne Downs, will join the Committee. Downs outpolled Fletcher, but both finished ahead of Alexia Obar.
Final results from the town clerk:
Board of Selectmen (3 years)
Cherry Karlson 1562
Joe Nolan 1517
Bonnie Gossels 1412
Argie Shapiro 1051
Board of Selectmen (1year)
Mary Antes 1550
Linda Segal 1340
Jeanne Downs 1831
Bard Fletcher 1699
Alexia Obar 1289
Voter turnout was 3,022, 34% of the 8,985 registered voters.
-- WVN Staff