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May 7, 2014

Danvers voters choose Langlais

Crane, Kay win seats on School Committee


Crane said all the challengers worked hard to win.

“This one gives me a lot of satisfaction,” Crane said.

Kay, 44, wore a business suit and held signs with his name and an apple depicted on them at the high school all day with his wife, Kim LaBonte Kay, and his son, Bryce. His mother, Sandra, worked as a poll worker in Precinct 8.

Kay said he was inspired by the election process, and he worked hard to win. He is presently an active member of the Riverside Elementary School Parent Advisory Council.

“It’s really a network,” Kay said, “how are you able to connect with people, bring those ideas forward. I listened a lot.” Kay said he got support from voters who came up to him from outside the PAC, including those who read articles or watched debates on Danvers Community Access Television.

Billings, 57, served a term on the School Committee from 2000 to 2003. A graduate of St. John’s Prep and lifelong educator who began his teaching career at Highland School, Billings has a long list of community service in town, including Town Meeting, the Planning Board and the Charter Review Committee.

Turnout was light during the first half of the election, which took place at Vye Gym for the first time since 2010. As of 3:30 p.m., 843 voters out of 18,899 had turned out. In the end, 1,413 cast ballots.

The town had experimented with a single polling location for its eight precincts in 2008, but with the pending Danvers High renovation and traffic tie-ups during a snowy special U.S. Senate election, selectmen voted to return to four polling locations in 2010. With the high school project complete, selectmen voted last year to move all voting back to Vye Gym.

Races for Town Moderator, Library Trustees and Housing Authority were uncontested. Patricia Fraizer won another one-year term as moderator, Wilbur Cobb, Charles Desmond and Irene Conte won three year terms as library trustees, and Carla King was elected to another five-year term on the Housing Authority. A number of Town Meeting races were also decided last night.

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

Danvers unofficial election results


*Diane Langlais 1,091

Scott Herwig 269

School Committee (2 seats)

*Eric Crane 833

Jeff Kay 818

Jack Billings 620


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