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May 7, 2014

Danvers voters choose Langlais

Crane, Kay win seats on School Committee


“Hopefully, we will get through this budget,” said Langlais, who said she is serving on a good board that should get a lot done. The board reorganizes and picks a new chairman at its meeting tomorrow night.

“Better luck next year,” said Herwig, who was disappointed at the loss. He acknowledged that he’s new to town but said he intends to stay involved. He won a seat on Town Meeting in Precinct 3 last night.

Herwig, who grew up in Salem and graduated from Salem High in 1995, moved to town six months ago. He has lived in other parts of the country, including North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire and New York. A self-taught drummer and guitarist, he formerly organized the Witchstock Music Festival at Salem Willows. He works as an auto appraiser and formerly worked for five years on the armed tactical response team at Seabrook Station nuclear power plant.

In a nod to the Bruins squaring off against Montreal last night, Herwig, 36, wore a Bruins jersey as he canvassed outside the polls. Among supporters holding signs with Herwig was his wife, Samantha, and Tom Lyons, a West Peabody resident and Republican seeking to unseat longtime Democratic state Rep. Ted Speliotis.

Crane, 53, is the longest-serving member of the School Committee. He was first appointed in 2000 and has won re-election to the board in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. Crane, a 1978 graduate of Danvers High, is an attorney who now works for Travelers Massachusetts. He has said he is a strong believer in public education.

“Very gratified of the voters of the town who sent me back and let me do the job I love,” Crane said.

Crane praised Kay, who will be serving on the school board with him.

“He’ll bring some new experiences,” Crane said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way it worked out.”

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