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Needham elects new Planning Board member, while three School Committee members keep seats

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 10, 2013 02:50 PM

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Three Needham School Committee incumbents beat out a newcomer to reclaim their seats in last night's election, as Planning Board hopeful Elizabeth Grimes narrowly beat out her opponent for the seat vacated by current member Ronald Ruth.

In a town election that saw about an 8 percent voter turnout, or 2,442 ballots cast, Grimes received 1,225 votes for a Planning Board seat, compared to opponent Artie Crocker's 1,116, according to Needham's election results.

A Planning Board member term lasts five years, according to the town.

Meanwhile, three School Committee members will continue their positions on the board, as incumbents Joseph Barnes, Constance Barr, and Marianne Cooley edged out challenger David Ecsedy.

Barnes was the top vote-getter with 1,737; Barr received 1,686 vote; and Cooley got 1,574. Ecsedy received 633 votes.

The School Committee is made up of seven members, which each person serving a three-year term.

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