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Election Day Scenes: Finegold Greets Voters and Campaigners

Election day has the town buzzing; State Senator Barry Finegold visited polling places.

Polling places were buzzing with activity Saturday. Voters, campaigners, and even office holders were out in full force.

State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, took some time to discuss issues with campaigners outside the  and on the sun-splashed Saturday morning.

"I'm not running today, I'm just out here saying hello to people," Finegold said. "There are a lot of great candidates out on the ballot today," he continued.

Finegold had a bold prediction regarding the election results.

"I'm pretty sure Jamey [Cutelis] is going to win as long as he voted for himself," Finegold said. "I assume he did," Finegold added, laughing.

and incumbent Dennis Francis got free passes for three-year terms on the School Committee, running unopposed for two seats.

Larry Reed, husband of incumbent Planning Board member Nancy Reed, was campaigning at the Tewksbury Public Library.

Reed's wife Nancy was taking on challenger Ed Sullivan.

"All of her work on the economic develop committee has been very good," said Reed.

He was quick to highlight some of his wife's accomplishments.

"There's a lot of stuff that Nancy has worked on that people don't know about that has laid the foundation for bringing in new business and increasing the revenue for the town," he said.

Over at the Senior Center, a pair of campaigners discussed their opinions on Question 1.

Tewksbury resident Toby Sedgwick considered Question 1 the most controversial issue on the ballot. She was in favor of building a state-of-the-art athletic complex at the new Tewksbury Memorial High School.

"My kids do sports in town," she said. The issue is especially important to her three sport athlete. "My daughter does soccer, track, and tennis," she said.

Bill McAllister was also enthusiastic about the potential of a new athletic complex.

"We're very excited about the new school," he said. "It would make a nice fit," he said of the complex.

"Athletics are a big part of the education process," McAllister continued. "It might give kids a chance who wouldn't have tried out for a sport to get excited about the complex itself and participate."

Unfortunately for Sedgwick and McCallister, Question 1 was soundly defeated by close to a 2-1 margin.

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