Newcomers Joseph Curro and Steven Byrne earned seats on the Board of Selectmen in Tuesday’s Town Elections, while incumbents Jeffrey Thielman and Cindy Starks recaptured theirs on the School Committee.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
In a highly-anticipated race, Curro, a School Committee member, and Byrne, a 24-year-old legislative aide on Beacon Hill, finished atop the five-candidate field with 26.7 and 21.9 percent of the 12,806 votes cast, respectively.
Curro, who many considered the favorite heading in, didn’t disappoint, winning with 3,417 votes. Byrne received 2,805 votes, just 99 more than former School Committee member Joseph Curran, 2,706 (21.1 percent).
Robert Tosi wasn’t far behind with 2,447 votes (19.1 percent), and Maria Romano finished fifth with 1,431 votes (11.1 percent).
With his victory, Curro automatically loses his seat on the School Committee. The remaining School Committee members are now tasked with choosing his replacement.
Curro and Byrne replace outgoing Selectmen Clarissa Rowe and Annie LaCourt, both of whom chose not to run for re-election. The two newcomers will join Kevin Greeley, Diane Mahon and Daniel Dunn on the five-member board.
In a six-way race, the two incumbents, Thielman and Starks, beat out the four challengers, with 28.5 and 27.3 percent of the 12,039 votes cast, respectively.
Thielman, the president of Cristo Rey High School in Boston, received 3,426 votes, while Starks, a sixth-grade math teacher in Lexington, got 3,284.
James Flanagan finished a solid third, with 2,433 votes (20.2 percent). Matthew Pallett was fourth (1,402, 11.6 percent), Andrew O’Brien fifth (1,049, 8.7 percent) and Ian Jackson sixth (445, 3.7 percent).
Again, with Curro automatically vacating his seat, one spot on the School Committee is still up for grabs.
Thielman and Starks return to the seven-member committee to join Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Judson Pierce, William Hayner and Leba Heigham.
BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Longtime incumbent Kevin Feeley defeated challenger Martin Thrope, 3,508 to 2,774. Feeley earned 55.8 percent of the vote, Thrope 44.2.
ALCOHOL-RELATED BALLOT QUESTIONS
Residents passed both alcohol-related ballot questions by fairly significant margins (see below), giving the Board of Selectmen the authority to grant up to two additional licenses for liquor stores and to allow licenses for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk in theaters with seating capacities of at least 100.
TOWN MEETING MEMBERS
Check back later today for Town Meeting member election results from precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.
ARLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY
Daniel Brosnan won a seat on the Housing Authority in an uncontested race. He received 4,684 votes.
Editor’s note: Percentages shown for the Board of Selectmen and School Committee are meant solely to show the relative closeness of the candidates, as voters were allowed to select two candidates.
Board of Selectmen (two open seats)
Joseph Curro 3,417 (26.7 percent)
Steven Byrne 2,805 (21.9 percent)
Joseph Curran 2,706 (21.1 percent)
Robert Tosi 2,447 (19.1 percent)
Maria Romano 1,431 (11.1 percent)
School Committee (two open seats)
Jeffrey D. Thielman 3,426 (28.5 percent)
Cindy Starks 3,284 (27.3 percent)
James J. Flanagan 2,433 (20.2 percent)
A. Matthew Pallett 1,402 (11.6 percent)
Andrew E. O’Brien 1,049 (8.7 percent)
Ian T. Jackson 445 (3.7 percent)
Board of Assessors (one open seat)
Kevin P. Feeley 3,508 (55.8 percent)
Martin Thrope 2,774 (44.2 percent)
Arlington Housing Authority (one open seat)
Daniel Brosnan 4,684
Shall the board of selectmen of the town be authorized to grant up to 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises?
YES 3,931 (59.8 percent)
NO 2,648 (40.2 percent)
Shall the board of selectmen of the town be authorized to grant licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in theaters with seating capacities of at least 100?
YES 3,719 (56.2 percent)
NO 2,897 (43.8 percent)