Incumbents Win Reelection; Newcomer Metters Tops School Committee Ticket
Voter turnout is 21 percent, says City Clerk.
All incumbents in Tuesday’s city election won reelection, and Rick Metters, a newcomer to local politics, garnered most votes for a School Committee seat.
Metters received 2,835 votes. Incumbent School Committee member Christopher Kisiel received 2,754 votes; Denis Russell, 2,733; John Wells, 2,694; and Patricia Chisholm, 2,686 votes and retained their seats on the committee.
The top two School Committee vote getters—Metters and Kisiel—will serve on the committee for four years. Russell, Wells and Chisholm will serve two-year terms.
School Committee candidate Brett Gonsalves garnered 1,902 votes; Maryann Chorlton, 1,823.
In contested alderman races, Ward 7 Ald. Raymond Drapeau won reelection by 71 votes over challenger Charles Viola. The vote count: 588 to 517.
Ward 1 Ald. Rosa DiTucci received 600 votes; Alfio Malone, 108.
Ward 4 Ald. Michael Anderson garnered 712 votes; Robert Cremone, 127.
The vote totals come from City Clerk William Campbell’s office, shortly after polls closed Tuesday.
All four incumbent School Committee members said their reelection indicates that, in Chisholm’s words, “Citizens are happy with what we are doing.” Being reelected “vindicates what I’ve been doing,” said Wells.
In his first run for elected office, Metters said he’s had the opportunity to work with and among people in town while he worked for the local Boys and Girls Club. He described his 20-plus years of working for kids in Woburn as “my life’s work and passion.”
Seven elected officials faced no challenger this election. They are: Mayor Scott Galvin, who received 4,195 votes; Ald.-at-Large Paul Denaro, with 3,190 votes and Richard Haggerty, 3,240 votes; Ward 2 Ald. Richard Gately, 434 votes; Ward 3 Ald. Mark Gaffney, 634; Ward 5 Ald. Darlene Mercer-Bruen, 527 and Ward 6 Ald. Michael Raymond, 326 votes.
Voters favored the non-binding ballot question on adding eight beer and wine licenses by a more than two-to-one margin, 3,368 to 1,336.
A number of candidates, primarily candidates for School Committee, and some supporters, gathered at City Hall around 8 p.m., when the polls closed. Election results were posted on a screen in the City Council chamber. People stood at the railing in the chamber, squinting at the numbers.
In a back row of the chamber, Joseph Crowley watched the election results. For the first time in a long time, his name was not on the ballot for a School Committee seat. He’d been on the committee “basically since 1969,” he told Woburn Patch. Now, he said, “it’s time for younger people to get involved.” Crowley, 72, has “lots to do,” he said, including spending time with his five grandchildren in Woburn.
A crowd gathered at the Reeves Elementary School a little before 8 p.m., when the polls closed. Incumbent Ward 7 alderman Drapeau and challenger Viola stood at the front of the throng. After the results of both Ward 7 precincts were read, they shook hands. This time, the margin between them was even closer than the last election, Drapeau commented.
Twenty-one percent of city voters cast ballots Tuesday, according to City Clerk William Campbell.
Elected city officials will be sworn in the first Monday in January.