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September 20, 2013

Heard Around Town: Salem school election full of surprises

SALEM — And now for a word on the School Committee race.

Wow.

The first “wow” is for the low turnout in Tuesday’s preliminary election, Isn’t there a crisis in the public schools? And isn’t this the strongest field of candidates in years?

Of the 25,915 folks who are registered to vote, only about 3,600 voted. The turnout was better this year in elections in East Timor and Togo.

The second “wow” is the results.

Brendan Walsh finished first in the school race — not counting “blanks,” which topped the field. Walsh’s win was kind of expected for a homeboy who has spent his life in the schools.

However, the big story was the strong showing by two newcomers, Patrick Schultz and Rachel Hunt, who came in second and third in the eight-candidate field. With two other incumbents still in the race, it could be a fight to the finish for those three open school board seats.

Police search

Salem police are still searching for suspects in the shooting early Saturday morning on Linden Street. While no one was injured in the incident, several shots were fired, one narrowly missing a woman nursing her infant daughter in a neighboring apartment.

They are looking for two males who were with Evans Timouche, the 25-year-old Dorchester resident arrested in the case. Timouche, needless to say, isn’t talking.

Although located near Salem State University, the apartment where the incident happened is not rented by college students, police said.

The gunfire certainly has the attention of the South Salem Neighborhood Association, which hasn’t forgotten the back-to-back shootings on Raymond Road. They plan to discuss this matter at their October meeting.

New faces

Two big announcements this week.

Kylie Sullivan is the new manager of Salem Main Streets. This is the job focused on downtown revitalization. The last manager, if you recall, helped get the sensational farmers market going.

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