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Fallon denies write-in campaign for Malden council; four voted out of races

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 13, 2011 09:15 PM

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At-large City Councilor and mayoral hopeful Deborah Fallon today dispelled a rumor that she was quietly running a write-in campaign to retain her position on the council.

In a brief phone interview this afternoon, Fallon roundly denied the suggestion, and said she is running for one office -- the mayor of Malden -- before she suggested that the accusation came from the "other side." 

Her mayoral opponent, Gary Christenson, councilor for Ward 1, refuted that his staff were involved. In a brief phone interview, Christenson offered that if Fallon can provide specific proof of the rumor's origins among his followers, or identify a member of his campaign involved he would "address the matter internally," he said.

The two will square off in the Nov. 8 final election in a race to succeed Richard C. Howard, who announced in November he would not seek reelection. He has held the office since 1996.

Meanwhile, in today's primary, Andrew M. Pepoli, Augustine Paolini Jr., Robert G. Buckley, and Robert L. Deberardinis were eliminated from a field of 16 candidates for the Malden City Council, according to preliminary results from the city.

Remaining are 11 contenders, who squeezed out one competitor each in races for councilor at-large, and in wards 1, 3, and 6, for a primary that drew 11 percent of the electorate to the polls, the clerk's office said.

In the councilor at-large race, incumbents Gregory Lucey and Craig Spadafora dominated the field of seven. Lucey, also Council president, received 1,752 votes, with Spadafora pulling down 1,694. Cut loose from the race was Pepoli, with 343 votes, or 444 from his closest competitor, Christopher Simonelli with 787.

The only other incumbent on the ballot, Neil C. Kinnon of Ward 6, trounced his opponents with 412 votes, topping his general election competitor to-be, John C. Robillard, who garnered 88, with;Deberardinis 11 votes shy at 78.

In Ward 1, Peg Crowe and Michael E. Drummey will square off for the seat. Crowe received 190 ballots in her favor, with Drummey at 86 and Paolini pulling 25 votes.

In Ward 3, John P. Matheson led the field of three with 297 votes, ahead of Kenneth A. Coye's 184. Last was Buckley with 165, just 19 shy of tying for second.

Full Preliminary Results

(names in bold advance to final election Nov. 2)

Councilor At-large

Gregory Lucey (I) 1752

Craig Spadafora (I) 1694

David D'Arcangelo 1151

Gladys Rivera Rogers 826

Christopher P. Simonelli 787

Robert S. McCarthy Jr. 737

Andrew M. Pepoli 343


BLANKS 2,326

Total Councilor at-large votes cast: 9,642

Ward 1

Peg Crowe 190

Michael E. Drummey 86

Augustine Paolini Jr. 25

Ward 3

John P. Matheson 297

Kenneth A. Coye 184

Robert G. Buckley 165

Ward 6

Neil Kinnon (I) 412

John P. Robillard 88

Robert Deberardinis 78

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