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May 6, 2014

Blanchard wins school board seat in Merrimac

MERRIMAC — Joanna Blanchard was elected to a two-year term on the Pentucket Regional School Committee last night in the only contested race in the c town election. The final vote was 261 votes for Blanchard, 76 votes for her opponent, Andrew Connor.

The total votes cast in the election were 366 out of a possible field of 4,484 registered voters with an estimated 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Blanchard said she was pleased with the outcome and looking forward to helping with her key issue, the Innovation Schools.

“I really appreciate all the people who came out to support me. I want to thank Andrew Connor for running a nice race and for having the interest to run against me,” she said.

Connor said that he would consider another run next year when another seat will open up.

“I learned a lot from the process. I will try to get my face out there a little more if I run again,” he said.

Blanchard will assume the remaining time on the three-year term vacated by Jane Broz last summer. She was selected by selectmen and a School Committee representative last September to serve the past eight months until town election. Blanchard was chosen from a field of three, which also included Connor.

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