UPDATED: North Reading Election Results

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Former Selectman Jeffrey Yull is headed back to the board after beating another former selectman, Bill Smith, in Tuesday’s North Reading Town Election.

Yull, who previously served one term, won by a margin of 944-655.

There was concern earlier this year after two-term Selectman Sean Delaney announced he wasn’t running and no one took out papers until right before the deadline. In the hours leading up to the deadline, four people took out papers, but only Yull and Smith returned the papers with the required number of signatures.

The selectmen’s race was the only one with competing declared candidates on Tuesday. 

There were no declared candidates for the Housing Authority, which meant there was a write-in campaign for that seat. The Town Clerk’s office needed to hand count the write-in ballots. 

Write-in candidate Jim DeCola won with 148 votes. Town Clerk Barbara Stats said there were many other names written on ballots. The total of all the other write-ins was 109. 

Mel Webster May 07, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Congratulations, Jeff, and thank you, Bill for throwing your hat in the ring and making it a race. The voter turnout was shameful and having only one contested race is ridiculous. North Reading -- the town where no one runs for office and hardly anyone votes. But, if they don't like what is going on, they certainly will complain. Get involved if you want things to change in this town.
Laina Simone May 07, 2014 at 10:06 AM
@MPG, Mr. Yull is actually a conservative, not a "tax and spend" politician.
Randi DeLoreto May 07, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Mel its the same with all the town committees...everyone wants it but no one wants to help and if it doesn't go right they are the first to complain about it. It is very sad...we are a small community...we should come together as a community.
MPG May 07, 2014 at 05:16 PM
If Mr. Yull is a conservative I hope he'll stand up to the other members when they try and ram the next big project down our throats-the sewer system. I don't remember Mr. Yull going against his fellow selectmen during his last term but I may be wrong to count him out this time around.
D.A.Hood May 08, 2014 at 08:47 AM
MPG illustrates exactly the issue. speaking (and writing) before thinking, and not even bothering to seek out information. What this town needs isn't sewers, hockey rinks, fields, or even more schools. It needs people to use common sense, not be so reactionary, to get to know our neighbors and learn the whole story. Then make an informed, well intentioned decision. For OR against whatever. There is room for differing opinions. There is no room for blaming, pointing, accusing, labeling. He's a liberal, she's a conservative, all he wants to do is spend, she won't support anything even if it costs a nickel. I for one am tired of all the anger. It gets in the way of moving forward and thriving in a nice community.


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