[Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the latest poll results from the election.]
SALEM — Kristin Pangallo, Mary Manning and James Fleming were the top vote-getters Tuesday in the Salem School Committee race, according to unofficial results.
Manning and Fleming are both incumbents while Pangallo is a first-time candidate. There were six candidates on the ballot for three seats.
"Everyone that ran brought such compelling ideas and perspectives to this race and I am excited for the chance to bring some to fruition," said Pangallo, 40, who has two children at Bates Elementary School. She is a chemistry professor at Salem State and her husband, Dominick, is also the chief of staff to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.
Based on unofficial results shortly after 9 p.m., Pangallo appeared to have topped the ticket with 3,539 votes, followed by Manning with 3,282 and Fleming with 3,150.
"I am really excited to have a chance to work on the things that we have been talking about on these campaigns," said Pangallo, pointing to improving communication within the district.
She explained that the district needs a "modernized communication system so that we can have a platform for conversation and discussion that goes both ways."
Manning, 70, a retired principal, is now looking at a second term on the committee with hopes of making the school a great place for students to learn and grow.
She served for 42 years as a teacher, coach and administrator for the Salem Public Schools.
"I am glad, very glad that I have a chance to have another four years," Manning said.
She added that she is excited to bring back a dual language program and institute social emotional learning "that students are in need of these days."
Fleming, 77, a retired attorney, is no stranger to the city's political scene, having served 16 years on the School Committee already and three years on the City Council.
"I am the best on the School Committee," he said.
He hopes to bring universal Pre-K to Salem with the money coming from the Student Opportunity Act. "I'm going to try," said Fleming.
Candidates Jennifer Brown, Beth Anne Cornell, and Donna Fritz finished out of the running Tuesday.
Current committee members Manny Cruz, Amanda Campbell and Ana Nuncio were not up for re-election this year and remain on the board.
Kristine Wilson did not seek re-election, which meant at least one new person would be joining the committee.
Staff writer Taylor Ann Bradford can be reached at 978-338-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.