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March 27, 2014

Danvers races shape up


“I really loved serving on the School Committee,” said Billings, who served one term from 2000 to 2003, choosing not to run again due to family issues. He moved to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with his wife, Cheryl, then moved back to town.

Crane is the longest-serving member of the present School Committee. He was appointed in 2000, after the resignation of Charlie Trasher. He ran in 2001 to fill Trasher’s term through 2002. He won re-election in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. During his tenure on the board, the town has renovated Holten Richmond Middle School and Danvers High.

“I still enjoy it,” said Crane, about why he is running for another term. Crane said the longer he has been on the School Committee, the more he has learned.

Crane is an attorney who practiced law for 10 years before moving into a management job with Travelers Insurance.

Three incumbent library trustees are running for three three-year terms: Wilbur Cobb, Charles Desmond and Irene Conte. A possible challenger, Linda Tiernan, decided not to run.

The last day to register to vote in the May 6 Town Election is April 16. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8 p.m. that evening.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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