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New selectmen chosen in Milton, Hingham, Scituate

New board of selectmen members were chosen Tuesday night in local elections in Milton, Hingham, and Scituate.

In Milton, challenger Kathleen M. Conlon unseated Robert C. Sweeney in the race for a selectman’s seat while most of the other races in town went to incumbents.

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Conlon, who was not available for comment Tuesday night, received 4,086 votes to Sweeney’s 2,846. Conlon campaigned on her experience as an attorney and promised she would focus on long-range budget planning.

In another contested race, incumbent Alexander Whiteside held on to his seat on the Planning Board with 3,439 votes to 2,290 for the challenger, Todd John Hamilton.

Rebecca M. Padera will continue to serve on the School Committee — she received the most votes in the field of three candidates with 3,812. Michael F. Zullas will join her, having received 3,033 votes. Robert G. Hiss was defeated, with 2,580 votes.

Of Milton’s 18,743 voters, 7,232 cast ballots in the local races, for about a 38.6 percent turnout.

In Hingham’s election, Paul Healey won a vacant selectman position with 3,562 votes. Carlton Chambers Sr. came in second with 847 votes.

The seat was left open by Laura Burns, a selectwoman for two terms, who announced in January that she would not run again.

About 29 percent of the town’s voters came out to cast their ballot.

Running on a platform of 31 years in public service, Healey publicized his 19-year tenure on the Planning Board for experience. He also previously spent 11 years as a police officer in town.

Healey could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night, but in an interview during the election he said he was confident he could do the job.

In other races, newcomer Elizabeth Reed O’Reilly gained a seat on the School Committee with 3,130 votes, while incumbents Raymond Estes and Andrew Shafter were reelected with 2,379 and 2,754 votes, respectively.

Benjamin Burnham fell short with 2,068 votes.

And in Scituate, Martin O’Toole won a vacant selectman’s seat with 1,515 votes, topping James Gilmore, who collected 1,392 votes, and Ann Burbine with 1,003.

Turnout was about 30 percent of Scituate’s 13,000 voters.

O’Toole will take over for ­Joseph Norton, who vacated the seat after 30 years on the board.

Though not available for comment after the win, O’Toole said during the election that his main hope was to represent the town fairly.

“We have a lot of issues, and none should be minimized, but our schools, infrastructure, education, and public safety are my top issues,” he said.

“We need to balance the needs for everybody. There isn’t one person that’s more important.”

Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at eisen.globe@
and Jessica Bartlett can be reached at
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