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March 27, 2014

Danvers races shape up

DANVERS — Two races have emerged in the upcoming May Town Election, one for selectman and one for School Committee, after the deadline to submit nomination papers passed Tuesday.

A possible race for Library Trustees did not materialize, however.

For a single three-year selectman term, incumbent Selectman Diane Langlais will square off against newcomer Scott Herwig, who works as an assistant manager/appraiser at family-owned Marblehead Collision.

Langlais was appointed in May 2013 to fill out the term of former Selectman Mike Powers, who resigned over a conflict between his elected post and his job as a full-time teacher at Danvers High. Langlais works as an accountant, and she served 10 years on the Finance Committee. She’s a Danvers native who has experience on Beacon Hill. In the late 1970s and 1980s, she worked in constituent services for a state representative. She’s also a former Town Meeting member.

With two three-year terms up for grabs on the School Committee, incumbent Chairman Eric Crane is facing newcomer Jeff Kay and former School Committee member Jack Billings. School Committee member Jean McCartin decided not to run after 12 years in office.

In an email, Kay said he works as a marketing manager for IBM and has a background in technology and finance. He said he graduated from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and graduated Harvard University with an MBA. He is also a licensed certified public accountant in the Bay State. Kay’s son attends Riverside School.

“I also have a niece and nephew in the school system,” Kay said in the statement. “My wife, Kim LaBonte Kay, is an active member of our Riverside PAC. We’re both involved in many local organizations.”

Billings, who moved to Danvers in 1971, is a graduate of St. John’s Prep and has 33 years of experience in education, he said. He started his career teaching at Highlands School, and he has held a variety of positions in education over the years. He works for Nova Southeastern University in Florida, teaching university learning and working with doctoral students online. He’s a father of two grown children and three grandchildren.

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