Incumbents sweep Marion town election

May 17, 2024

MARION — The Marion Town House will be full of familiar faces following the town’s election on Friday, May 17 that saw incumbents retain their seats in all elections.

Randy Parker is set to serve three more years on the Marion Select Board, edging Diane Lopes Flaherty in the annual town election held on Friday, May 17.

This will be Parker’s third term on the Marion Select Board.

According to a preliminary count of ballots, Parker took home 547 votes. Flaherty received 258 votes.

“It feels great to serve the town of Marion for another three years,” said Parker. “I think it was a good process, two to one is always good.”

Marion School Committee incumbents April Nye and Michelle Smith will also retain their seats.

This will be Nye’s third term on the Marion School Committee. Smith has served on the committee since 2011.

Nye received 560 votes, followed by Smith with 413 and Kristina Schmid-Callina with 389.

Smith said she was very excited to serve another term, which she expects to be her last as a member of the school committee.

According to Town Clerk Lissa Magauran, 838 out of 4,540 registered voters filled out ballots.

“Not a great turnout, but not pathetic,” said Magauran.

“School committee members and the Select Board are who gets things going in the schools,” said Magauran. “That is why it is so important for the young voters to vote — Because they have kids at school.”

Also victorious after running unopposed: George “TJ” Walker for assessor, Brad Gordon for moderator, Alanna Nelson and Jon Henry for planning board and John Howard for board of health.