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Westford Elects Mallon, Kelly to School Board

May 8, 2019

WESTFORD -- In the only contested race in the town election, voters selected incumbent Alicia Mallon and newcomer Sean Kelly to occupy the two available seats on the School Committee, according to the unofficial results.

The results, posted on the town’s website shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, showed Mallon received the highest vote tally with 674, while Kelly came in second with 459 votes.

Finishing last in the three-person race was Daniel Goldner, who received 415 votes.

Kelly will replace former member Arthur Benoit, who did not seek re-election.

Mallon has been on the School Committee for two years. She was appointed in 2017 to the seat formerly occupied by member Tom Clay. Clay’s seat became available after he ran for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Mallon said.

Mallon has served on the board of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and volunteered with the Parent Teacher Organization and school advisory committees dating back nine years. She is the parent of two children, ages 12 and eight.

“I have one child who is special needs and another child who is in general education,” Mallon said. “Education is so important to me, so when the opportunity presented itself, I thought this is the way I can serve. I have the experience of both groups of parents, and it’s a perspective not very often heard from on school committees.”

The Sun was unable to reach Kelly for comment.

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