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April 26, 2012

Incumbents voted out in Swampscott election

SWAMPSCOTT — Voters were in the mood for change Tuesday night, ousting incumbents on both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.

Challenger Glenn Kessler was narrowly elected to the Board of Selectmen by beating incumbent Matthew Strauss by fewer than 100 votes. Strauss won his seat on the board by running unopposed for an open seat in 2009.

Also ousted was incumbent School Committee member Jacqueline Kinney, who lost to challenger Francis Delano III. Delano received 1,246 votes, compared to Kinney's 768.

In other races, Joseph Markarian Jr. was re-elected Town Meeting moderator, Linda Paster was elected to the Board of Assessors, John Karwowski was elected library trustee, Deborah Shelkan Remis was elected to the Board of Health, and Angela Ippolito was elected to the Planning Board.

The voter turnout Tuesday night was 21 percent, Town Clerk Susan Duplin said.

Board of Selectmen votes

Matthew Strauss*: 981

Glenn Kessler: 1,058

School Committee votes

Jacqueline Kinney*: 768

Francis Delano III: 1,246

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