Medford City Councilor Mark J. Arena announced today he will not seek a recount in the Nov. 8
general election, in which he finished 35 votes behind Councilor Breanna Lungo-Koehn for the board’s seventh and final spot.
“We did consider requesting a recount at the urging of so many,” he said. “But in the final analysis, we have confidence in the system and in the dedicated people who worked diligently in the polling places and in the registrar's office.”
Arena, 46, has served on the council for less than a year. He was appointed in February to fill the unexpired term of Stephanie Muccini Burke, who resigned to become the city’s director of personnel and finance.
He had finished eighth in the 2009 general election. The city charter states that vacancies must be filled with the candidate with the next highest vote total.
On Tuesday, Arena found himself again in eighth place, narrowly losing the final spot to Lungo-Koehn, a 10-year incumbent. Arena received 4,372 votes, compared to 4,407 for Lungo-Koehn.
Newcomer Richard Caraviello, 57, owner of a limousine company, finished third, with 4,592 votes. Incumbent Paul Camuso topped the ticket, with 5008 votes, followed by Frederick Dello Russo Jr., the council’s vice president, who received 4,691 votes, according to election results.
Councilor Michael Marks finished fourth, with 4,527 votes, just one vote head of Councilor Robert Penta, who received 4,526. Council President Robert Maiocco claimed the sixth spot, followed by Lungo-Koehn.
In his statement, Arena thanked voters and campaign workers, and wished his colleagues well. “To the almost 4,400 citizens who voted for me, I offer my heartfelt thanks for your support and your confidence in me,” he said. “ To my colleagues on the council, it has been a privilege to serve with you, and I wish you all the best. ... I can't say enough about the many good people who served long and hard on my campaign.”
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