Elected Shrewsbury School Committee members thank voters

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Erin Boucher (left) and Lynsey Heffernan were the top two vote-getters in last week’s Shrewsbury town elections. (Photos/submitted)

SHREWSBURY – Recently elected members of the Shrewsbury School Committee are thanking voters this week after last week’s municipal election.

Taking to the polls last Tuesday, voters re-elected Lynsey Heffernan and elected Erin Boucher to the Committee.

“It is an honor to serve the community as a member of the Shrewsbury School Committee,” Boucher told the Community Advocate after her win. “I would like to thank my fellow Shrewsbury residents for their support and the trust and confidence they have placed in me.”

Boucher joined her first School Committee meeting on May 4, the day after the election. During that meeting, Heffernan was appointed to serve as chair of the School Committee.

“I’m thrilled to be able to serve the families and community of Shrewsbury,” Heffernan wrote in an email. “I thank all of the candidates for running and wanting to help improve our schools. I’m looking forward to continuing to support our teachers, administrators and students.”

Boucher and Heffernan were two of the four candidates who threw their hats into the ring for two seats on this year’s ballot.

With a total of 6,394 votes in the School Committee race, Boucher secured 2,015 votes and Heffernan received 1,965.

Jenn Luke received 1,272 votes while Sanam Zaer received 1,135. Boucher, last week, congratulated Heffernan on her re-election. She added thanks for Luke and Zaer for “putting themselves forward as candidates and the perspectives that they brought to the campaign.”

Dale Magee (left) spoke during a School Committee meeting earlier this year. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

While Heffernan sought another term on the School Committee, the other seat was without an incumbent after Dale Magee announced that he didn’t intend to run for re-election to the committee.

Magee had served on the School Committee for 12 years.

“Twelve years is quite an amount of time, and I’m not one who believes that I should stay there because I can,” Magee told the Community Advocate earlier this year.

“I feel that 12 years is enough from my point of view, and that getting someone else in is going to bring a different perspective, different skill set and it may well benefit the organization,” Magee continued. “Time will tell.”

He later endorsed Heffernan and Boucher in a letter to the editor published in the Community Advocate.

Magee said that Heffernan had “served us well” for the past three years, noting her volunteer service in the schools.

He also noted Boucher’s work on the Beal Building Committee. “She brings the perspective of a mother with children in the system as well as an intellect that will grasp the issues and keep the focus on what benefits students,” Magee said of Boucher.

This year’s election also saw Selectman John Samia win another term alongside newcomer Michelle Conlin, emerging from a three-way race for two seats.

The Community Advocate has reached out to Samia and Conlin for post-election comments.

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