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RANDOLPH

Voters unseat 2 councilors, ban recreational pot stores

12sobrfrandolph - Nicholas Orphanos holds signs outside of St. Bernadette Church in Randolph for his son-in-law Bill Alexopoulos and grandson Chris Alexopoulos who both won seats on the town council 11/7. (Handout)
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Nicholas Orphanos held signs outside St. Bernadette Church in Randolph for his son-in-law Bill Alexopoulos and grandson Chris Alexopoulos, who both won seats on the Town Council on Nov. 7.

Two incumbent Randolph town councilors were unseated Tuesday, and voters also narrowly approved a ban on facilities that grow or sell recreational marijuana.

Councilor Edward Gilbert failed to get enough votes to win in a busy race for five at-large seats. Voters reelected the other at-large incumbents and added Natacha Clerger and Ryan Egan to their ranks.

In District 4, longtime Councilor Paul Meoni was defeated by newcomer Christos Alexopoulos, whose father, William Alexopoulos, also won reelection as an at-large councilor.

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Interest was high since one seat was left open by the death of Councilor Paul Fernandes in July.

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Voters reelected all incumbent School Committee members on the ballot and added to their ranks Pamela Davis and Christina Paul.

The older Alexopoulos and incumbent District 1 Councilor Ken Clifton both said that the election was rougher than usual and included character attacks and smears carried out through Facebook, mailings, and robo calls.

“For the past 20 years we’ve worked hard to unite the community,’’ said Clifton as he campaigned in front of the polling center at Randolph High School. “This campaign has been counterproductive to that goal.’’

At the same location, Alexopoulos said that the town deserves better than to have candidates “stooping to negative things.”

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The vote to allow the town to forbid recreation marijuana facilities was approved by 52 percent of the 4,520 voters who turned out. Another 43 percent voted against it, and roughly 5 percent left the question blank, according to preliminary results from the Randolph town clerk’s office.

The measure does not ban marijuana facilities for medical uses, or individuals growing it for personal use.

Elaine Cushman Carroll can be reached at elaine_carroll@msn.com.