Breakdown of North Reading Election Results

Incumbent Steve O'Leary and Water Commission Chairman Joe Foti won the election Tuesday.

Incumbent Steve O'Leary and Joe Foti won the election for Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. The seats for selectmen were the only ones contested.

Water Commission Chairman Joe Foti had 1,222 votes, Steve O'Leary gained 1,165 votes and former School Committee member Maureen Harty-Vacca collected 784 votes.

Here are the results for each precinct:

Candidate Total Precinct 1 Precinct 2 Precinct 3 Precinct 4 Steve O'Leary 1,165 308 188 297 372 Joe Foti 1,222 318 187 314 403 Maureen Harty-Vacca 784 162 136 209 277

Maureen Harty-Vacca said she may consider running again in the future.

Here are two profiles that will help you get to know your new selectmen better:

North Reading Selectman Candidate Profile: Steve O'Leary

North Reading Selectman Candidate Profile: Joe Foti

E May 09, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Mel, If you truly believe in one candidate's views over those of the other two, you should always cast one vote in a 3 for 2 race. Your unused vote (if cast) could potentially tip the scale in favor of either other candidate knocking your horse out of the race. E
Barry May 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Mel, it's called bullet voting, and it is a tactic that has been used forever.
Ed Canney May 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Barry, as others have posted , please say who you are. Most of us give our names along w/our opinions. Your posts always have a bit of a nasty flavor, i.e. your allegations regarding Maureen Vacca. If you disagree with an opinion, just say so, sans the nastiness!
Ed Canney May 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Mel, I bulleted my candidate. It was perceived to be a close race, so if you preferred one over the other two, you only voted for them. Its more common if there are multiple candidates for one seat. But I agree, not the norm when two seats are available.
Mel Webster May 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I understand bullet voting. I just think it is too bad when there are three qualified candidates and you are allowed to vote for two that so many people decide to choose only one. However, since only 17.83 percent of the town's registered voters could even see fit to get out and vote, I guess those that did take the time are allowed to vote in whatever way they want. At least all of you made the effort.


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