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Two newcomers elected to Framingham Planning Board

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 10, 2013 03:07 PM

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Two challengers ousted a pair of incumbents on the Framingham Planning Board in Tuesday's Town Election.

Planning Board challengers Lewis Colten and Victor A. Ortiz defeated incumbents to win the two open 3-year seats with 1,935 and 1,513 votes, respectively. Incumbent Susan P. Bernstein and Andrea Carr-Evans garnered 1,353 and 1322 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Charlie Sisitsky and current school board member Michael J. Bower were unopposed in seeking seats on the board of selectmen. Incumbent A. Ginger Esty had withdrawn from the race earlier in the year, citing health concerns.

Voters also elected members to the library board of trustees, Keefe Tech School Committee, Edgell Grove Cemetery board of trustees, the housing authority, and Town Meeting members.

Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey said voter turnout was around 9 percent.

"We haven't, in recent years, had a hefty turnout in town elections," she said. "Last year, it was around 10 percent."

That's still better than the low of 3.5 percent during the town election of 2009, but far below 75 percent turnout during the last presidential election, according to Mulvey.

Mulvey is expecting decent voter turnout for the special senate primary in three weeks, mostly because Congressman Edward Markey, who represents Framingham in the House, is in the running.

View all town election results on the town website.

John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@gmail.com.

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