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Evan Kenney, 19, Wins Wakefield School Committee Seat

Town voters chose between six selectmen candidates and four school committee candidates Monday night, as well as the Democratic and Republican primary candidates.

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%)
Write-ins - 21

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.

GaryM May 01, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I guess Lisa Butler shouldn't have voted against Kim Smith. The voters of Wakefield have spoken!
Jack Zenger May 02, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Fantastic
Michele May 02, 2013 at 10:46 AM
For the record Lisa Butler did not vote "against" Kim Smith - she voted "for" the candidate that she felt was the best person for the position. She was not the only person who voted for the current Superintendant either, I find it's unfair that she has taken so much flack for that decision, after all it is an entire board that voted, not just her. Lisa has done a lot for our schools in the past two terms that she has served for the School Committe - I'm truly sorry to see her go.
Michele May 02, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Sorry Evan - I hit submit for sending you a congrats!! Well done on your election!

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