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Election 2019: Candidate Drops Out, School Committee Race Now Uncontested

Mar 05, 2019 04:05PM ● By Bill Gilman
 Unless an 11th-hour write-in candidate emerges, the race for School Committee in the April 6 Municipal Election will be uncontested.
Candidate Erin Knyff dropped out of the race on Tuesday, making the announcement on her Facebook page.
"It has not been an easy decision for me but one I wanted to make with thoughtful consideration for my family, myself, and those that have shown me such amazing support," wrote Knyff. "I had never announced my intention to run for School Committee on Social media because from the day I pulled papers I wanted to make sure it was going to be something I could give my all to. I decided today to pull my name off the ballot because I don’t believe I’m in a place where I could give being a school Committee member the attention and time such a job requires."
Knyff said she contacted Town Clerk Denise Graffeo Tuesday morning to inform her of her intention to withdraw.
Knyff's withdrawal creates a clear path for candidates Shannon Demos and John Stadtman. There are two 3-year terms on the committee up for grabs in the election. Incumbents Arthy Bennett and Krissy Polimeno opted not to seek re-election.
In her announcement, Knyff offered an endorsement of both Demos and Stadtman.
"I have heard a lot about the other two candidates and it seems to me that they both would be wonderful additions to the School Committee here in Tewksbury," she wrote."


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