, Salem, MA

May 9, 2013

Danvers elects new Town Meeting members


---- — DANVERS — There will be some new faces when Danvers Town Meeting convenes on May 20.

Even with only two contested races, one in Precinct 3 and one in Precinct 6, there were some write-ins and some incumbents who did not run for a variety of reasons, according to the Town Clerk’s office.

In the eight-way race for six seats in Precinct 3, incumbents Susan Tropeano and John Fratus were defeated, and James Morose, John Almeida, Alexander Swift, Grace Puleo, James Mitchell and Douglas Daley were the top six vote-getters. Mitchell and Swift were newly elected.

In Precinct 6, in a seven-person race for six seats, Paul Racki failed in his re-election bid. Challenger Vincent Mackey won, and joins incumbents Roberta Mercier, Ingrid Barry, Bruce Getchell, Deborah Sauer and Marilyn Hazel.

In Precinct 1, Christopher Dembowski was elected along with five other incumbents, filling the seat left vacant by the death of T. Frank Tyrrell in September. Tyrrell was a Town Meeting member for more than 40 years.

In Precinct 2, two members will be added by caucus just before Town Meeting, as only four incumbents ran for six seats.

In Precinct 4, Mark Jones got six write-in votes, enough for victory, with five incumbents running and six seats up for grabs.

In Precinct 8, with only four incumbents running and six available slots, John Alden Sr. got three write-in votes, and Janna Flynn two, enough to be elected. Precincts 5 and 7 saw all six incumbents re-elected without any opposition.

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