April 11 2015

Burlington Voters Decide Contested Races

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington voters hit the polls on Saturday and decided the outcome of three contested town-wide offices and one Town Meeting seat. 

The three town-wide races up for election were Town Moderator, a four-year seat on the Planning Board and two seats on the Board of Health. 


In the Town Moderator race, first-time candidate and Town Meeting member Sally Willard beat out former Town Moderator Phillip Gallagher by a mere 10 votes. The total vote count was 973 for Willard and 963 for Gallagher. 

In the Planning Board race, which was for the four-year seat left vacant by long-time member Paul Roth who resigned due to the constraints of a new employment opportunity, voters chose between Town Meeting member Carol Perna and candidate Jeffrey Pearsons. Voters elected Perna with 982 votes to Pearsons’ 843. 

The final town-wide contested race was for the Board of Health. There were three candidates up for two open seats. Burlington voters elected Elizabeth Walendziewicz with 1,206 votes and David McSweeney with 990 votes. Candidate Jaclynn Sulfaro garnered 755 votes. 

The final contested race was a Precinct 5 Town Meeting seat with six open seats and seven contenders. Voters elected incumbents Patricia Angelo, Albert Fay Jr., Christopher Muphy, Norman Steeves and Ernest Zabolotny and newcomer Paula McMahan. Candidate Lawrence Gelberg came up short in the district. 

There were also a number of uncontested races. Notably incumbent Michael Runyan was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen along with newcomer Joseph Morandi, a member of the Board of Appeals, without contest. Martha Simon was elected to the School Committee in an uncontested race. Additionally, Ernest Covino Jr. (incumbent), William Gaffney (appointed incumbent) and Paul Raymond (incumbent) were re-elected to the Planning Board. 

For the complete election outcome, click here to see the preliminary results gathered by the Burlington Town Clerk’s office.  


In total 2,004 (13.3%) of Burlington's 15,067 eligible voters came to out to vote. 

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