Results from around the region

Watertown council president out; Melrose aldermen keep seats

By Christina Pazzanese and Travis Andersen
Globe Correspondents / November 4, 2009

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Watertown voters ousted the incumbent Town Council president, electing Councilor at Large Mark Sideris over Clyde L. Younger by a 59 to 40 percent margin.

Sideris, currently the council’s vice president, garnered 2,875 votes to Younger’s 1,936. Sideris, who co-owns a Waltham auto body business, has served on the council for the past 13 years.

Both candidates stressed the importance of this year’s council presidency, since the winner will have influence over a once-in-a-decade review of the town’s charter. Younger had campaigned on the idea that the town consider instituting a mayoral system instead of a strong town manager.

Younger, the owner of six Burger King franchises, has served as council president since 2005 and from 1997 to 2003.

Councilor at large seats went to incumbents Stephen Corbett and Susan Falkoff, with two others filled by John Donohue and newcomer Tony Palomba. Donohue held a council seat from 2005 to 2007, but was ousted after a recount and challenge in Middlesex Superior Court showed he lost by six votes.

Newcomer Cecilia Lenk took the District B seat that will be vacated at the end of the year by Jonathan Hecht, the town’s state representative.

There was a turnout of 4,964 voters, or 22.9 percent of Watertown’s approximately 21,000 registered voters.

In Melrose, four at large incumbents on the Board of Aldermen won reelection. Lone challenger Roderick Mangalonso lost by 773 votes.

The top vote-getter, Alderman Donald Conn, had 1,999 votes. Alderman Robert Boisselle of Ward 4 won the only other contested race on the panel, beating Philip Imbrescia by 28 votes. About 3,000 voters came out.

In Medford, early results indicated three incumbents out of five lost their School Committee seats, while a challenger topped the ticket. The final results will be certified in a day or two, City Clerk Ed Finn said.

Six seats were up for grabs on the committee. Challenger George Scarpelli had 4,202 votes; challenger John Falco 3,847; incumbent Ann Marie Cugno 3,677; challenger Sharon Guzik 3,374; incumbent Paulette Van der Kloot 3,172; and challenger Bill O’Keefe had 3,155.

Incumbents William Brady, Lena DiGiantommaso, and Robert Skerry appear to have been ousted. All three have served on the panel for decades.

On the City Council, all seven incumbents won reelection. According to preliminary results, Stephanie Muccini Burke had 4,815 votes; Paul Camuso 4,756; Michael Marks 4,454; Fred Dello Russo 4,432; Robert Penta 4,363; Robert Maiocco 4,300; and Council president Breanna Lungo-Koehn had 4,183.

In Malden, both at large incumbents on the City Council, Craig Spadafora and Greg Lucey, won reelection, while newcomer Deborah Fallon, the daughter of a former mayor and sister of the current city solicitor, also won an open at large seat.

Somerville voters reelected all four at large incumbents on the Board of Aldermen.

Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz of Ward 6 beat challenger James Campano in the board’s only other contested race, with an unofficial tally of 1,081 to 344.

In Cambridge, 21 candidates were vying for nine City Council seats, but a final tally was not available last night.