Rochester School Committee election comes down to the wire

May 22, 2024

ROCHESTER — There will be a new face on the Rochester School Committee as Joshua Trombly narrowly beat out Jason Chisholm and Matthew Bache on Wednesday, May 22 to claim one of two available seats.

Robin Rounseville, who has been a member of the committee since 2000, was also reelected.

Rounseville received the most votes out of the four candidates with 733, followed by Trombly with 666, Chisholm with 642 and Bache with 638.

“[I’m] pretty overwhelmed,” said Trombly. “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s been a long day.”

Trombly added that he aims to hear both sides of issues and will focus on listening to parents and teachers during his time on the committee.

“Everyone’s voice is important and I really look forward to starting,” said Trombly.

Incumbent Matt Monteiro reclaimed his seat on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee, defeating challenger Stacie Noble Shriver.

Monteiro received 769 votes to Noble Shriver’s 641.

“I didn’t know how it was going to turn out,” said Monteiro. “I’m grateful that the voters supported my candidacy. It feels good.”

Monteiro, who will be serving his second term on the board, described the campaigning process as stressful.

Incumbent Select Board member Paul Ciaburri will remain on the board after running unopposed. Ciaburri received 1060 votes.

According to Town Clerk Marjorie Barrows, 1,451 ballots were cast, which is about 30% of the town's registered voters.

Also elected were Sarah Eby and Michael Amato for the board of health, Jana Cavanaugh for the board of assessors, Kenneth Ross for park commission, Shauna Makuch and Kelley Medeiros for board of library trustees, Dave Arancio for town moderator, Jeff Eldridge for tree warden and David Hughes for water commission.