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May 7, 2014

Danvers voters choose Langlais

Crane, Kay win seats on School Committee

DANVERS — Incumbent Selectman and Danvers native Diane Langlais beat political newcomer Scott Herwig for her first, full three-year term on the Board of Selectmen in yesterday’s annual town election, which saw a light trickle of voters heading to a single polling location at Danvers High on Cabot Road.

About 7.5 percent of the town’s registered voters turned out.

In unofficial results, Langlais won with 1,091 votes to Herwig’s 269 votes. Langlais, who has been elected to Town Meeting in the past, won her first election for selectman.

Also vying for two available three-year terms was incumbent School Committee member Eric Crane, IBM marketing manager Jeff Kay, and former School Committee member and longtime educator Jack Billings.

Crane topped the School Committee ticket with 833 votes, while Kay, a political newcomer, came in a close second with 818 votes. Billings missed out on a chance to serve a second term on the board with 620 votes.

Langlais, 54, a former 10-year member of the Finance Committee, was appointed last year to fill a vacancy on the board. She has said that her voice is that of one who grew up in town and stayed. A native of the Woodvale neighborhood adjacent to Danvers High, the self-employed accountant worked for 10 years on Beacon Hill in constituent services for state Rep. Joan Menard.

“I think my family and friends did a great job,” said Langlais in a brief phone conversation shortly after Town Clerk Joseph Collins pasted the election results to the trophy case outside Vye Gym, the sole polling site.

Langlais had a lot of support from her family and friends, about 18 of whom voted at 7 p.m., including her grown son, Gary, and sister-in-law, Jeanne Hennessey.

Langlais served on the committee that oversaw the design and construction of the recently completed Danvers High project, and she has been the selectmen’s liaison on a study committee that has recommended spending $5.5 million for a communications dispatch center at the police station. She also worked on a committee that has recommended $6.5 million to upgrade the athletic fields at Danvers High, including the reorientation of the stadium at Deering Field and the installation of an artificial turf field to provide more opportunities for playing time for youth sports. Langlais was also active in youth sports organizations while her son was growing up and going to Danvers school.

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