Nearly 8.5% of Hanover voters made it to the ballot box Saturday to vote for the one challenged race, School Committee.
With two seats available on Hanover’s School Committee and no current members running for reelection, William Marriner and John Geary took the lead, beating out challenger Peter White.
Geary, who has three small children and one on the way, has only been in town for five years but said he ran because the School Committee not only needs better communication with Hanover parents but students as well, “Now with this we can start building a Student Advisory Committee and then get things going from that direction to that way the students get their voices heard on a regular basis.”
Marriner, who has three teenagers in the school system, ran for School Committee in 2010 and was defeated; but now he believes he’s earned his spot, “I’ve been spending a lot of time at School Committee meetings and my kids are the most important thing and this is the most direct way to have an influence over how they get an education. It’s the second time I run and I spent a lot of time learning about it so I think I’m well prepared for it.”
Two races on Hanover’s ballot had zero nominees, one slot for the Board of Assessors and one for the Housing Authority. About 780 Hanover residents voted this weekend out of 9,000 registered voters.
William Marriner- 471
John Geary- 458
Peter White- 354