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    Canfield wins selectman seat in special election

    Karen Canfield has won a seat on the Board of Selectmen in a special election held to fill a vacancy on the board – beating candidate Keith Walo by 304 votes.

    Canfield had 1,986 votes to Walo’s 1,682 in the Sept. 16 election that drew slightly more than a quarter of the town’s registered voters, according to the town clerk’s office.

    Canfield replaces Martin O’Toole, who resigned in June, for the remainder of his term, which expires in 2019.


    She has been active in town library affairs, serving as trustee and as a representative of the library on the Scituate Public Building Committee that oversaw construction of the new library.

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    On her campaign webpage, she describes herself as a freelance editor who is looking for an agent for her first novel. She has a background in public relations, finance, and commercial real estate and degrees from Boston University and the London School of Economics.

    Her three grown children all graduated from Scituate High School, and she and her husband have lived in town since 1994.

    Johanna Setlz can be reached at