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8 new faces, 7 incumbents voted to JP neighborhood council; 5 seats unfilled

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  September 26, 2011 04:18 PM

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This story and headline were updated Wed., Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to add an announcement from the prior night's council meeting that a newly-elected member resigned shortly after the election citing "scheduling conflicts," according to the council:

All seven incumbent candidates of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood council retained their seats and eight new members joined the council after a biennial election Saturday that saw nearly 800 votes cast.

Designed to represent neighborhood residents on public issues including development, the council has received added attention in recent months from residents in and around the neighborhood for the council's involvement in the controversial debate over Whole Foods' plans to open a Hyde Square store.

The volunteer, biennially elected advisory group votes on various neighborhood-level matters and passes a majority recommendation to city officials who make the final call to approve or deny requests presented before the council.

The weekend election eliminated just two candidates – one At-large candidate and one Area C candidate. Each of those races had six candidates vying for five seats.

Four seats on the 20-member council – one seat in Area A and three in Area C – remain vacant because not enough people ran to fill vacancies in those areas. A fifth seat was vacated when a newly-elected Area A member resigned due to "scheduling conflicts," the council said.

Each of the three geographical areas the council is divided into – areas A, B and C – are allowed five representatives. The other five members are At-large.

Based on past procedures, the council will advertise the vacancies for a period of time before candidates can present themselves before the council and the council then votes to select from that candidate pool.

A chairperson for the council is expected be voted on by the council in November, according to past protocol. In the meantime, the council will form membership for its various subcommittees and will elect chairs for those committees.

A total of 789 people cast ballots, the council’s ombuds board said in an announcement Monday.

The identities and/or neighborhood addresses of 29 voters could not be verified, so those ballots were not counted in the results, according to the announcement. Another 20 voters indicated and/or voted in an incorrect district based upon their address, so only those ballot’s votes for the At-large race were tallied.

No one voted twice. There were some write-ins, “but none received significant numbers of votes,” the board said, adding that, “No candidate volunteer dealt with ballots in their race.”

Below is a list of the candidates alongside their vote totals:

X = Not elected | * = incumbent | XX = resigned

Area A
Oliver De Leon -- 102
Arazeliz Reyes -- 96
XX - Brian Squadrille -- 73 (resigned shortly after election due to "schedule conflicts," the council said.)
Jeffrey Wiesner -- 62

Area B
*David Baron -- 184
*Jesse White -- 170

Area C
*Andrea Howley -- 179
Ken Sazama -- 164
*Karley Ausiello -- 156
Hyun Shin -- 155
Benjamin Day -- 154
X - Christian Young -- 80

At Large
Joseph Wight -- 381
*Francesa Fordiani -- 361
*Edward Burrows -- 358
Martha Rodriguez -- 343
*Michael Reiskind -- 263
X - Richard Parritz -- 210

More information on the candidates, published prior to the election, is available here.

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