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2012 Town Election Results: Falvey, DiNocco Win Selectmen, Morgan, Cook Win School Committee Seats

Brian Falvey and Paul DiNocco won the two seats on the Board of Selectmen, and Kate Morgan and Janine Cook won the two seats on the School Committee.

Wakefield voters re-elected Paul DiNocco and elected Brian Falvey to the Board of Selectmen, and elected Kate Morgan and Janine Cook to the School Committee in the 2012 town elections held on Tuesday, April 24.

Selectmen's Race
Brian Falvey and Paul DiNocco won their seats with 1953 and 1784 votes, respectively. Candidate Phyllis Hull received 1059 votes, Greg Liakos got 1016 votes, and Phillip Renzullo won 431 votes.

Falvey thanked everyone who supported him throughout his campaign.

"I want to thank all the wonderful people of Wakefield who saw what my campaign was all about and the value I hope to bring to the Board of Selectmen," he said. "I was really surprised and shocked about how many people I met along the way who were interested in seeing me succeed, and it's alll because of the work of my campaign staff."

Selectman DiNocco also thanked his entire committee and congratulated Falvey, Morgan, and Cook on their wins.

"Wakefield is truly a great place to live and I really have to thank everyone that came out and had the confidence in me to re-elect me for another three years," he said. "I tried to put the message across as I ran the campaign that I just tried to do what I felt was in the best interest of the community and the community agreed, because they voted to re-elect me."

Official Results:

Name Votes Percent DiNocco 1784 28.51% Falvey 1953 31.21% Hull 1059 16.93% Liakos 1016 16.24% Renzullo 431 6.89%

School Committee Race
Kate Morgan and Janine Cook were elected to a three-year term on the School Committee with 2449 and 1633 votes, respectively. John Bengtson received 1411 votes.

Morgan and Cook were not immediately able to be reached for comment on Tuesday night.

However, Bengtson said that although he didn't win a seat, he wanted to thank everyone who voted for him, and give a special thanks to his wife, who helped him get his campaign running.

"I really appreciate it," he said. "I wish the candidates Kate and Janine good luck, because they have a hard task ahead of them for the next three years."

Bengtson said he could see himself considering another run for office in the future.

"We'll have to see what's going on then," he said. "But I won't rule it out right now."

Official Results:

Name Votes Percent Morgan 2449 44.45% Cook 1633 29.64% Bengtson 1411 25.61%

Uncontested Races:

Town Moderator, one-year term: William Carroll
Tax Collector, three year term: Kathleen M. Kelly
Library Trustees three-year terms: Cindy  A.  Schatz, Kevin Patrick Scanlon
Planning Board, five-year term: William M. D’Amore
Municipal Gas and Light Commissioner, three-year term: Michael  P.  McCarthy, Kenneth  J.  Chase, Jr.
Board of Health, three-year term: Laurel  Skinder Gourville
Board of Assessors, three-year term: Jane A. D’Addario
Board of Assessors, interim, one year: Christopher R. Wilcock
Housing Authority, five-year term: Alfred S.  Confalone

Rich Greif April 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My understanding is that 3,559 residents voted representing less 22% of eligible voters. It's double last year's turnout but still pretty low.
Sara Jacobi April 25, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hi Rich - I don't yet have the numbers from the 5-8 p.m. time frame yesterday - still working on getting those released from the town clerk - but 6,243 people voted in the Board of Selectmen race towards one of the four candidates, and that doesn't include people who left blank spaces there and voted elsewhere or who used write-in candidates. Using that number it comes out to 26%, so I think the total number was around 7,000. Like I said I'm still waiting for the final numbers to calculate the final percentage. I do know it was certainly higher than expected, and higher than last year.
mike t April 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Another fixed election to keep Phyliss Hull out of office. Whenever there is a true voice for the people they are kept from political office in Wakefield. This town is a scam. Phyliss was first to run and all of a sudden there are people coming out of the woodwork to keep her out of office... Wake up people of Wakefield. This town is bleeding you dry and lying to you all. The Galvin can be renovated and it won't cost $70 million dollars. I wonder how the WHS accreditation will pan out.. How much you want to bet the town government will cry that a total replacement of the WHS will be needed to comply. Teach our children to be green... RENOVATE DON'T OBLITERATE THE GALVIN!!!!!!!
Laurie Hunt April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM
@ "mike t" Hopefully Sara can confirm the dates from an old article (I couldn't find it) but I thought I remembered Phyllis pulled papers after most candidates this year. She is usually one of the first ones to do so but was not this year. I was at Town Hall the first day taking photos of candidates and she had not pulled her papers. Additionally there is not option to renovate the Galvin. The MSBA rejected a renovation option. Also, remember, the re-build is not going to cost Wakefield $70million as the state is paying for more than half of the cost. Have you seen the plans for the re-build? They will definately teach our chidlren to be green with a more energy efficient building, they did a great job with that. There are tours coming up where you can see the current state of the building and what the plans are. There is one this Saturday at 9am, you would be able to get answers to your concerns there as well.
Rich Greif April 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Mike, I hope you are not charging that something illegal took place in the election process. While some of the candidates I voted for did not win, it seems they did not get enough votes to win, and far more importantly, enough people to actually vote. The fact that only about 3,500 residents actually voted means that nearly 13,000 residents in this town did not take 10 minutes to vote on Wakefield's future. Whatever your views, this town would be a much better place if more people participated in the process by voting.

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