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O'Brien joins Waltham City Council; School Committee incumbents lose to 3 newcomers

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 6, 2013 12:10 AM

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Patrick J. O'Brien will join five Waltham council-at-large incumbents after Ken Doucette, previously an at-large member and the council's vice president, lost his run for Ward 2 to William Fowler during Tuesday's municipal election.

"I have no regrets," Doucette said over the phone Tuesday, noting that he plans to stay active in working with the Waltham community. "I congratulate Bill and his family and wish him well."

The School Committee will also see three fresh faces, as incumbents Lisa Limonciello and Susan Burstein lost to newcomers John A. Frassica II, Kathleen A. Dowcett, and Stephen Rando Jr. Frassica received 3,553 votes; Dowcett got 3,520; and Rando received 2,751. Limonciello trailed with 2,502 votes, and Burstein came up short with 2,127.

All other incumbent councilors representing Waltham's various wards gained re-election, according to results from the city clerk's office. John J. McLaughlin filled Ward 4's seat unopposed after Thomas Curtin resigned this spring to take the assistant clerk job at Waltham City Hall.

State Rep. Thomas Stanley was the top at-large council vote-getter with 4,511 votes; Diane LeBlanc trailed him with 3,916, and Kathleen McMenimen followed her with 3,413. Paul J. Brasco received 3,396, followed by Joseph Vizard with 2,819. O'Brien snagged the last at-large seat with 2,400 votes, edging out Carlos Vidal's 2,238 votes.

Waltham saw a 22 percent voter turnout Tuesday, with 7,631 people showing to the polls, according to the city clerk's office.

For more information, visit Waltham's city website.

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