Challengers Feeney, Porter claim victory in BOS raceBy Jay Turner
For the first time in more than a decade, the town of Canton will welcome some new faces and new perspectives to the Board of Selectmen after voters on Tuesday opted for a pair of political novices, Kevin Feeney and Mark Porter, in a closely contested five-way race for two open seats.
Feeney, a Canton native and a Canton High School graduate, was the night’s top winner, capturing five of the six precincts and garnering 1,027 votes out of 2,360 ballots cast. Porter, the town’s Finance Committee chairman and the youngest of the candidates, was the runner-up in four precincts and slightly edged Gene Manning for the second seat by 41 votes (941-900).
Incumbent Avril Elkort, who was seeking her 10th consecutive term on the BOS, came away with a slight victory in her home precinct (3) but finished fourth overall with 795 votes. John Bonnanzio, who will retain his seat on the School Committee, finished fifth with 595 votes.
Editor’s note: Unofficial results from the Town Clerk’s office released Tuesday evening had Porter winning by 52 votes over Manning (941-889).
See this week’s Canton Citizen for a full recap of the 2015 election, including reactions from the winners. Click here to view the voting results from the Town Clerk’s office.
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