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McGlynn Wins 13th Term, D'Antonio Says He Will Run Again

Longest serving mayor in Massachusetts elected to 13th term.

The longest-serving mayor in the Commonwealth was re-elected to his 13th term Tuesday.

Michael McGlynn topped challenger Anthony D'Antonio in Tuesday's local election. McGlynn received 5,721 votes to D'Antonio's 3,174.

McGlynn celebrated the victory with friends, supporters and other candidates at a party at the Hyatt Place Hotel Tuesday night.

"I'm overwhelmed with the results," McGlynn said. "It's a warm feeling to know people still have the trust and confidence in your judgement to move the city forward."

"Many talked about change, some talked about the status quo," McGlynn said. "I've always talked about working with the citizens to move forward and improve the quality of life in this city."

For D'Antonio, it was his first try at elected office. After hearing the results at city hall Tuesday, he vowed to try again.

"I believe in the city and I believe it needs to be fixed," D'Antonio said. "It's a start - I'm not giving up."

Some Changes on the School Committee, City Council

There will be some new faces in Medford city politics following the election, and one familiar face returning to his old role.

Robert Skerry, who lost his spot on the school committee in 2009, was elected to the committee Tuesday, edging incumbent Bill O'Keefe for the sixth spot on the board by 64 votes. Skerry received 3,635 to O'Keefe's 3,571. The top vote-getter in the school committee election was John Falco, who received 4,351 votes.

The City Council saw one new arrival Tuesday with the election of Richard Caraviello. Caraviello was the third highest vote-getter with 4,589 ballots cast.

Mark Arena, who received the 8th-most votes in 2009 and replaced Stephanie Muccini Burke when she became the city's budget director in January, was narrowly ousted from the council. Arena received 4,368, 36 votes less than Breanna Lungo-Koehn, who came in 7th.

Turnout for the election was 26.1 percent, relatively average for a local election, City Clerk Ed Finn said.

Shelley Cohen November 09, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Oh well!!!!! Yes anthony you are the man who deserves to be mayor. Now the city of medford has to hear over and over again the same issues that have been around for like ever!!! I have 3 young children and by the time they can vote i hope they see a few different names on the mayors list to vote for.
A. Campbell November 09, 2011 at 01:36 PM
I was appalled last night to see that when I got to my polling site at 5:45 pm and placed my ballot in the ballot box, my ballot was only #347!!! What's wrong with this picture??? It's a real shame that people aren't even interested enough to cast their votes!!! Nothing in this city is going to change unless we fight for it! Come on people, be concerned!!!
Jonathan Pickering November 09, 2011 at 04:36 PM
A. Campbell makes a good point about the low voting numbers. Does anyone have some insights from your voting experience yesterday? Also, many generic problems keep getting mentioned over and over, can anyone name some specific concerns the Mayor should address for his 13th term?
liam November 09, 2011 at 07:44 PM
What is there to say? In a city with over 30,000 registered voters, 9,000 or so came out and cast a vote. It's a sad state of affairs, but it is the norm and has been for two decades in this city. Imagine, decades of this regime. The lack of interest stems from the "he's been in there so long" feeling. And of course to some degree that is correct, because the longer he is entrenched in that office, the more jobs and favors he hands out, the more he is owed. The bill comes due on election day. He has gone unchallenged for so many years. It really is shameful. As for the "generic" problems, they will remain unless and until the people who are affected finally get fed up and get out and vote in numbers great enough to cancel out the "hack and favor" vote which is substantial in this city after 24 long, very long years. No man or woman is indispensable in the office of mayor of this city. Thank you, Anthony D'Antonio for stepping up and trying to change the stale air of Medford city hall. I guess we'll have to wait a little longer to fumigate it.
liam November 10, 2011 at 01:00 AM
What a stunning statement. You are abrogating someone's right to free speech and use of the local access station because a person who recorded the video was "banned"? Do you vet every DVD that comes into that station to determine who stood behind a video camera to record it? How arbitrary and chilling. What goes on at that place anyway. It sounds like a mess. The last time I landed on channel 3, they were broadcasting Al Jazeera. Who's brainchild was that? How did that get the go-ahead? It's okay to broadcast extremist propaganda, but you won't let a citizen of Medford and a candidate for local office run a video during a campaign because the person who recorded it was banned from what? What ongoing nonsense at that place.
Rose Fiore November 10, 2011 at 01:31 PM
well Jonathan...here are some specific concerns the Mayor should address: instead of spending all his time on a parking garage, how about fixing the streets & sidewalks which are a disgrace. we have brick from the Civil War in front of our house. The brick is sinking into the ground which makes the sidewalk dangerously uneven. Whenever it rains or snows, the brick gets extremely slick. we have been on a so called "waiting list" for 20 yrs now. last yr, 3 bricks on the sidewalk collapsed, causing them to fall into the sewer. For over a wk, I contacted DPW about this but got no response. Mothers pushing carriages or taking their kids to the bus stop could have broken bones by stepping into the hole. Until I called the City Coucilors to ask for their help, did a DPW truck come & fill in the hole with sand. Sand is the answer I guess. The 2nd specific thing he needs to address is the appalling condition of the Police/Fire/DPW stations. How could he allow City Employees to work in those conditions? All we hear about is money being used on studies for the garage, ring road, Condon Shell, etc. Amazing. I'm also appalled at the low voter turnout. The polls are open from 7am to 8pm. You mean to tell me that those people, who didn't bother to vote, couldn't find 5 mins in their day to do their civic duty. Too bad, those names aren't published...
Ernestine Travers November 10, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Agreed A. Campbell/Jonathan Pickering. Shame on the citizens of Medford. Why wouldn't this city want change after 13 years of bad politics. And yes I can think of a specific concern that the Mayor can address. How about he review the handicapped signs throughout the city and removing those that are still standing illegally?
Richie M November 11, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Some glaring concerns that the Mayor should address are: He should take a trip to Mass Eye & Ear to have have his tin ears and rose colored vision corrected. That way he will be able to better see & hear what is really happening in the city that he is running into the ground. Also, I would suggest that he move his office to the DPW yard so he can work in the same abysmal conditions that many of the good men & women of Medford have to.

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