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Incumbents rule in Hingham Town Election, Healey elected to vacant selectman seat

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 30, 2013 10:38 PM

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It was a night for incumbents in Hingham for Tuesday’s Town Election, as those vying for previous positions came out on top, with newcomers only taking vacant seats left up for grabs.

Approximately 29 percent of the town’s voters came out to cast their ballot. Locally, candidate Paul Healey won the vacant selectman seat with 3,562 votes. Selectman candidate Carlton “Al” Chambers, Sr. came in with 847 votes.

Laura Burns, who held the selectman position for two terms, announced in January that she would not run again for the seat.

Healey is new to the selectman seat, but not new to town elections. With 31 years total in public service, Healey referenced his 19-year tenure on the Planning Board for experience. He also previously spent 11 years as a police officer in town.

Healey couldn’t be reached for comment the night of the win, but in an interview during the election, he said he was confident he’d be able to do the job.

“I’ve sat on a committee that meets every week and does a lot of work in the background. I’m not walking into this without a clear understanding of what it is I’m undertaking,” he said.

In other races, School Committee incumbents Raymond Estes and Andrew Shafter were reelected with 2,379 and 2,754 votes each.

Newcomer Elizabeth “Liza” Reed O’Reilly took up the third seat with 3,130 votes. Benjamin Burnham fell short with only 2,068 votes.

Incumbent Edmund Demko retained his place on the Sewer Commission with 2,735 votes, despite a challenge from newcomer Thomas Patch, who heavily critiqued the Commission during Town Meeting. Patch came in second with 1,504 votes.

Finally, Planning Board incumbent Sarah Corey retained her seat, with 2,322 votes. Edward Colbert came in second with 1,921 votes.

To see an unofficial tally of the local election and view other non-contested races, click here.

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