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2 incumbents ousted in Newton elections; Jonathan Yeo wins School Committee race

Posted by Daniel Adams  November 9, 2011 12:10 PM

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Two incumbents lost their seats in the Newton election Tuesday, while Jonathan Yeo sailed to a fourth School Committee term after a bitter court battle to stay on the ballot.

In the hotly contested Ward 2 School Committee race, Jonathan Yeo easily defeated Margaret Albright 5,485 to 3,010, according to unofficial results released by the Newton Election Commission.

Yeo’s candidacy had been challenged by two Newton residents who wanted Yeo thrown off the ballot over questions about his Ward 2 residency. The case went to the state’s highest court through a series of appeals before a panel of judges reinstated an initial ruling by the Newton Election Commission that declared Yeo an eligible candidate.

Yeo said the challenge was politically motivated. Albright steadfastly denied any involvement, focusing on her key issue of implementing all-day kindergarten in Newton.

Other incumbents didn't fare as well: Charles Shapiro lost his seat on the Board of Aldermen and Susan Rosenbaum was bumped from the School Committee.

Turnout was low, even for a municipal election, with less than 15,000 voters turning out. The 2010 state elections drew 35,547 voters, while the most recent municipal elections in 2009 drew around 22,500. The Commission could not immediately say how many registered voters were in Newton.

In the Ward 1 at-large alderman race, Janet Sterman was unsuccessful in her challenge to incumbent Aldermen Carleton Merrill and Allan Ciccone, Jr. Sterman came in third place with 2,502 votes, while Merrill and Ciccone, who garnered 4,754 and 5,344 votes respectfully, hung onto their seats.

In Ward 6, challenger Greg Schwartz unseated incumbent alderman at-large Shapiro 5,209 to 3,512. Victoria Danberg, the other Ward 6 incumbent, got the most votes, hanging onto to her seat with 5,476.

In Ward 8, longtime alderman at-large Mitchell Fischman came in second with 4,615 votes, but hung onto his seat. Thomas Sheff lost to David Kalis, who came in first with 5,607 votes to Sheff’s 2,183 votes.

In the other School Committee races, Steven Siegel defeated incumbent Rosenbaum 4,613 to 3,445 the Ward 5 seat.

The race for the School Committee seat in Ward 4 was by far the closest tonight, with Diana Gomberg just defeating Joshua Krintzman 4,171 to 3,907.

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com.

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