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Five incumbent aldermen ousted in Nashua voting

Union Leader Correspondent

November 05. 2013 10:27PM

NASHUA — There will be several new faces on the Nashua Board of Aldermen in the new year, and some dedicated aldermen will have to say farewell.

With six candidates seeking three at-large positions on the board, David Deane (4,364 votes), Diane Sheehan (3,314 votes) and Daniel Moriarty (3,857) secured the coveted positions. Incumbents Barbara Pressly (2,904) and Mark Cookson (3,047) were ousted from their seats. Paula Johnson, a former alderman, received the smallest vote total with 1,873.

At the polls on Tuesday, Sheehan said she was feeling optimistic about her race.

"I am going from ward to ward today," Sheehan said. "People have been very warm and inviting, which has been the best part of the campaigning. It is nice to be well-received everywhere and not just in Ward 3."

In Ward 1, newcomer Sean McGuinness (621) beat out incumbent Kathryn Vitale (522) for the alderman seat.

"I did a lot of mailing and knocked on a lot of doors," McGuinness said on Tuesday prior to the results being announced. "I am very optimistic."

In Ward 2, Alderman Richard Dowd (433) secured his seat over opponent Elenore "Casey" Crane (305).

Ward 3 was a tight race with David Schoneman (501) beating out Paul Shea (495).

For Ward 4, state Rep. Pamela Brown (189) beat out incumbent Arthur Craffey (173).

Ward 5 Alderman Michael Tabacsko (460) was ousted by opponent Michael Soucy (504).

For Ward 6, incumbent Paul Chasse (323) will keep his seat after defeating Kathy Synder (291).

Alderman June Caron ran unopposed in Ward 7. She received 492 votes.

In Ward 8, incumbent Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja (705) secured her alderman seat over opponent Jack Currier (599).

In Ward 9, Ken Siegel (532) will be the new alderman after beating Jeffrey Cox (405).

There was a special election for a state representative seat in Ward 8. Latha Mangipudi beat out Pete Silva with 862 votes compared to his 598 votes.

"I've worked hard and I ran a very positive campaign," Mangipudi said while campaigning outside of the polls on Tuesday. "I feel very good about it."

For the Board of Public Works, Tracy Pappas and Paul G. Bergeron secured seats with 2,824 votes and 3,209 votes, respectively.

Overall, 8,176 ballots were cast. There are 50,717 registered voters in the city.

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