Voters in Tuesday’s primary election whittled down the School Committee race from seven to six candidates, who will compete for three seats on the board in the Nov. 8 city election. The top vote-getters were newcomers: Retired Waltham High School principal John Graceffa received 1,383 votes, while John Frassica, a member and past president of the Plympton Elementary School PTO, got 1,035 votes, according to unofficial results from the city clerk’s office. Incumbent Stephen Rando received 688 votes and incumbent Margaret Donnelly got 954. Edmund Tarallo, a math teacher at Salem High School, and lawyer Alice B. Taylor also secured spots with 727 and 439 votes, respectively. With 172 votes, David Matayabas was dropped from the ballot. The only other contest in the primary was for Ward 8 city councilor. Incumbent Stephen Rourke earned 148 votes and newcomer George Macary got 73 votes, edging out Albert Bakalis, who received 58, for spots on the November ballot.
— Megan McKee