Evan Kenney, who graduated from Wakefield High School only a year ago, was elected to the Wakefield School Committee Tuesday night. Kenney is currently a freshman at Fitchburg State University who has lived in Wakefield his entire life.
A total of four candidates were vying for three school committee seats. Chairman Tom Markham narrowly led the field with 2,808 votes, followed by Kenney with 2,796 and Greg Liakos at 2,780. Lisa Butler, an incumbent, was fourth with 2,244 votes.
"I was just excited because I had so many people come out for me, " Kenney told Wakefield Patch after his election. "Win or lose, it would have been a blast...I'm just so grateful." Now that he's elected, Kenney said that his top priorities include helping the school district become more focused on meeting the technology needs of students getting ready for a 21st Century workforce.
For the selectman candidates, Anne McGonigle Santos, Tiziano Doto and Phyllis Hull won the three seats in the race. The six candidates finished in the following order:
Santos: 2,707 votes (24.85%)
Doto: 1,913 votes (17.56%)
Hull: 1,719 votes (15.78%
F. Michael Nardone 1,650 votes (15.15%)
Shaun S. Margerison 1,550 votes (14.23%)
Daniel L. Benjamin Jr. 1,332 votes (12.23%)
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Markey, Gomez Carry Wakefield in Senate Primaries
For the separate Senate primary elections, Ed Markey defeated Stephen Lynch on the Democratic side, 1,875 to 1,466 votes (56-44%).
For the Republican Senate primary, Gabriel Gomez had 706 votes (51.84%) to 495 (36.34%) for Michael Sullivan and 158 (11.60%) for Dan Winslow.