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Newcomer Dushku elected Watertown councilor-at-large, ousting incumbent Donohue

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 6, 2013 12:30 PM

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Watertown will see a new Town Councilor as newcomer Aaron Dushku collected the most councilor-at-large votes during Tuesday's municipal election, according to unofficial results from the city clerk's office..

Dushku, a geographic mapping analyst for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and brother to actress Eliza Dushku, will replace incumbent John Donohue, who came in fifth in the race for four at-large seats.

Dushku said over the phone Wednesday that he wants to concentrate on improving Watertown schools, as well as discuss high-density development that has left many residents bitter.

"We need to double down and pay attention to the will of the voters in town," he said.

For her part, sister Eliza tweeted voting information for Watertown, as well as messages of support to her older brother Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mark Sideris will re-elected Town Council president getting 67 percent of the vote in a faceoff with Clyde Younger, a former council president.

Eight candidates were vying for the at-large seats on the council. Dushku garnered 16.4 percent of the vote. Anthony Palomba was the second with 15.4 percent. Susan Falkoff had 15.3 percent. Stephen Corbett, 13.5 percent, barely edged out Donohue who had 13.23 percent.

Watertown School Committee will also see some fresh faces. While incumbent John Portz led the pack of candidates with 24 percent of the vote, Guido Guidotti and Elizabeth Yusem are taking the other two empty seats with 17.9 percent and 17.7 percent of the vote, respectively.

Watertown's district councilors will stay the same, as all four incumbents -- Angeline Kounelis, Cecilia Lenk, Vincent Piccirilli, Jr., and Kenneth Woodland -- ran unopposed.

The Library's Board of Trustees will also see newcomer Carol Tierney as she takes the empty seat there. Incumbents Raya Stern and Gracemarie LeBlanc kept their seats with no competition.

Watertown saw a 21 percent voter turnout Tuesday, with 4,780 ballots cast, according to the city clerk's office.

For more information, visit Watertown's official website.

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