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Election 2016: Stronach, Johnson Win Board of Selectmen Race

Apr 03, 2016 12:36AM ● By Bill Gilman

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It's been six years since they appeared together on the same election ballot but the song remains the same for Todd Johnson and Anne Marie Stronach.
Just as they did in 2007 and again in 2010, Stronach and Johnson captured the top two places in the race for seats on the Board of Selectmen. Stronach came in as the top vote-getter in any of the four contested races with 1,882 votes. Johnson was a close second at 1,774. Challenger Robert Rosa, making his first bid for elected office, fell short with 1,136 votes.
A total of 2,856 votes were cast. That represents just 13.5 percent of Tewksbury's 21,084 registered voters.
In other contested races, incumbent Krissy Polimeno (1,703) and challenger Arthy Barrett (1,381) topped the ballot in the race for two seats on the School Committee. Keith Sullivan placed third (1,157), followed by Erin Knyff (925). In the race for Planning Board, incumbent Stephen Johnson won re-election by defeating Stephen Deackoff, 1,473-984. The race for two open sets on the Board of Health was extremely close. Anthony Boschetti claimed one seat with 1,576 votes. George Ferdinand placed second with 1,264 but that was just four votes ahead of Robert Scarano (1,260). It was not immediately known if Scarano would ask for a recount.
(Complete, precinct by precinct results for every race are attached to this story as a PDF document.)
For Stronach, Saturday's victory marked a triumphant return to Tewksbury politics. After serving on the board for six years, she chose not to seek re-election in 2013.  Despite three years on the sidelines, Stronach was able to put together an effective campaign team and it was clear the voting public had not forgotten her.
"I'm really happy that so many people came out and voted and I'm really excited to serve the town," said Stronach. "I feel honored and privileged that they're giving me the opportunity to do this again."
Stronach said that during her time off the board, she missed the interaction with people in the community. She said she had a lot of fun during the campaign and on Election Day, meeting and chatting with residents.
"It really was (fun)," she said. "My favorite part about Election Day is seeing so many people involved."
With his second place finish, Johnson was elected to his fourth term on the Board of Selectmen. He thanked the voters of Tewksbury for their gesture of confidence in him.
"I'm very grateful to the voters of Tewksbury for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve," said Johnson. "I appreciate the trust they're showing in me. We've accomplished a number of things, as a board. But there are still things I'd like to see done, which is why I chose to run."
For more than half his tenure on the Board of Selectmen, including the past three years, Johnson has served as chairman. However, he said would support another member of the board taking the gavel.
"Actually, it's up to the will of the board, as a group, to make that decision. So it's really not my call," he said. "But if someone asked, that's probably where I would lean ... toward giving one of the newer members an opportunity to step up and lead and show what they can do."

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