April 9 2016
Incumbents Win Big in Burlington Town Election
By: Rich Hosford
Burlington voters came to the polls in greater numbers than in the last few years to cast ballots form five contested town-wide races and a number of Town Meeting races.
A total of 3,711, or 23.5 percent, of voters came to the polls for the town election. Last year, when there were fewer contested races, only 13.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
At the end of the night it was a big win for incumbents.
In the School Committee race incumbents Christine Monaco (2,086 votes) and Thomas Murphy Jr. (2,201 votes) beat challengers Karen Lavi (1,357 votes) and David Leavitt (1,309 votes) for the two contested seats.
Incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen Chris Hartling (2,161 votes) and Robert Hogan (2,380 votes) won over challenger Virginia Mooney, who had 1,380 votes. There were two seats up for election.
Current Town Moderator Sally Willard beat challenger Teresa Tarpey Clement with 1,947 votes to 1,395.
In the Library Trustee race incumbent Steven Wasserman garnered 2,353 votes and newcomer Robert Neufeld received 1,823 votes for the two contested seats. Coming in third place was Ram Rao Voruganti who received 1,082 votes.
There were also four contested Town Meeting precincts.
In Precinct 1 incumbents Bradford Bond, John Glynn II, Gregory Ryan and Maureen Monaco Ryan were joined by Sandra Madigan and Robert Sears in winning the six seats. Challengers Brenda Lynn Rappaport and Ram Rao Voruganti fell short.
In Precinct 3 incumbents Sean Connors, Shari Lynn Ellis, Faydeen Sateriale and Paul Valleli all won relection. Newcomers Monica Faiella and Jon Mancini beat out Ismael Valentin for the two other seats.
Precinct 5 had seven people on the ballot with six seats up for election. Incumbents Joseph Calandrelli, Adrienne Gerbrands, Mary Ellen Osowski and Larry Way all won reelection. Newcomers Lawrence Gelberg and Kelly Pappas beat out Robert Bunker II for the two other seats.
Precinct 6 was the most hotly contested with nine candidates for six seats and the only race where an incumbent did not win. The incumbents Teresa Tarpey Clement, Daniel Ditucci Jr., Jaclyn Killilea, David Peterson and all got reelected and were joined by newcomers Sean Curtin and Adam Tigges. Incumbents Robert Schlansky and Thomas Killilea fell short, as did newcomer Michael Kelly.