Nearly 25% of registered voters cast a ballot in yesterday’s town election, and in the end they voted overwhelmingly for change.
In the race for selectmen, political newcomer John Rooney received 62% of the vote. Incumbent Sal Giorlandino, who was running for a second 3-year term, received 37%. Rooney came out ahead in all three Southborough precincts.
“Five weeks ago I could have guaranteed 20 votes. To get this many is overwhelming,” Rooney said after the results were announced. “It’s a credit to all the people who worked shoulder to shoulder with me.”
“It feels good,” he said.
In the race for Planning Board, Paul Cimino received 50% of the vote, compared to 32% for Andrew Mills, and 12% for Lisa Braccio. Braccio withdrew from the race last week, but her name was still on the ballot.
“I’m eager to get started representing the people who voted for me today,” Cimino said last night.
The Board of Health race was the only other contested one. Mary Lou Woodford won with 49% of the vote. Her challenger Desheng Wang received 33%.
All other races were uncontested, and there were no surprises in the results. The town has posted the complete vote tallies here (PDF). Note that results are still unofficial until certified.
Rooney and Cimino were on hand at the Town House last night to receive the election results. Town Clerk Paul Berry wasted no time, swearing in the two winners mere moments after the results were announced.
And there will be no rest for the weary. Rooney is expected to attend his first meeting as selectmen tonight at 6:30 pm at the Town House Hearing Room.