Dennington wins Southborough Selectman race

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Andrew Dennington just won a seat on the Southborough Board of Selectmen. (Photo/Submitted)

SOUTHBOROUGH – Andrew Dennington won a two way race for a vacant seat on the Southborough Board of Selectmen, May 11. 

The race pitted Dennington against Michael Weishan and the two were collectively vying to replace Selectman Brian Shea, who announced in late March that he would not be running for re-election.

Shea first won his way onto the board in 2015. After winning re-election in 2018, he pulled papers for another bid this year but did not return them.

“After much consideration, I have decided against running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen,” he wrote in a comment announcing the decision on the blog MySouthborough. “After 6 years on the Board and 6 prior to that on the Advisory Committee, it is time for a much-needed break.”

Dennington is a member of the Advisory Committee and previously chaired the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Weishan, meanwhile, has served multiple stints on the Historical Commission, which he now chairs. 

A post on the official Southborough town Twitter account showed Dennington being sworn in shortly after election workers tallied unofficial election results. 

Outside of the Selectmen race, Southborough voters also weighed in on Regional School Committee race that ran concurrently in Northborough. 

Kathleen Howland and Karen Ares won that contest with a total of 1,743 and 1,571 votes respectively.

That was despite the fact that challenger actually secured 15 more votes in Southborough than Ares.

As Ares massed 33 more votes than Ibrahimi in Northborough, she won the combined race by 18 votes.

See complete unofficial vote totals…