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O'Toole wins vacant Scituate selectman seat

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 30, 2013 11:20 PM

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Approximately 30 percent of Scituate’s 13,000 voters came out to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s Town Election and State Primary, with Martin O’Toole walking away with a win for the empty selectman seat.

O’Toole won the three-way contested race with 1,515 votes, beating out candidates James Gilmore (1,392 votes) and Ann Burbine (1,003 votes) for the selectman seat.

O’Toole will take over for Selectman Joseph Norton, who vacated the seat after 30 years of being a selectman in the town.

Though not available for comment after the win, during the election, O’Toole said his main hope was to represent the town fairly.

“We have a lot of issues, and none should be minimized, bur our schools, infrastructure, education, and public safety are my top issues,” he said. “…We need to balance the needs for everybody. There isn’t one person that’s more important.”

The highly contested race varied starkly from every other race on the ballot, which saw only one name apiece running for town spots.

The only other contested race residents could make an impact on was that of the U.S. Senate seat.

In a move that contrasted with that of the entire state, Scituate residents voted to support Stephen Lynch over Edward Markey.

The town has a history with Lynch, who started representing Scituate after recent redistricting.

Early Tuesday morning, several residents said they supported Lynch in the seat.

“I think he’s going to fight harder,” said Mark Radding, 59, who identified himself as a democrat. “He’s a bit more level headed about economic considerations and challenges.”

Regardless of Scituate’s desires, Markey walked away with the primary win state wide.

Republican residents' votes coincided more with the state. With 897 votes, Gabriel Gomez was put forward for the Republican ballot, beating out Michael Sullivan (609 votes) and Daniel Winslow (83 votes) by a long shot.

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