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Cumberland School Committee reorganizes

November 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Lisa Beaulieu will lead the school committee after being nominated and unanimously chosen as the new chairwoman of the board during a post-election reorganization meeting last week.
Former chairman Jeffrey Mutter was nominated and accepted the position of vice chairman, as well as chairman of the committee's Fiscal Management Subcommittee.
Member Linda Teel was named clerk and chairwoman of the Policy Subcommittee and Achievement and Communication Subcommittee.
Both Beaulieu and Mutter ran unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election for the two School Committee at-large seats. Beaulieu received 9,151 votes, while Mutter garnered 8,828 votes.
Teel, who ran for the District 4 seat, earned 2,448 votes.
The four new members elected to the committee are Raymond Salvatore, who won a write-in campaign; David Yacino, a write-in candidate; and Paul DiModica, Mark Fiorillo and Craig Duffy.
DiModica received 2,074 votes; Duffy garnered 1,604 votes; and Fiorillo earned 1,047 votes.
The Town Council was also slated to be sworn-in and reorganized last week.
Incumbent Democratic Town Councilor James T. Higgins won re-election, and Republican Arthur Lambi is the new face on the Town Council after winning the second of two Town Council at-large seats that were up for grabs in the general election.
In the Town Council at-large race, Higgins was the high vote-getter with 7,871 votes, followed by Lambi with 7,535 votes. Incumbent Democratic Councilor Bruce Lemois lost his re-election bid by coming in third with 6,516 votes.
The other big winner of the night was Democratic candidate Ryan Pearson, who unseated Republican incumbent state Sen. Bethany Moura for the District 19 Senate seat.
Pearson, a lifelong Cumberland resident and a graduate of Cumberland High School, garnered 6,140 votes, outpolling Moura, who received 3,946 votes, and Independent candidate Steven Orsini, who collected 1,317 votes.

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