Abington: Incumbent Franey wins selectmen’s race

Abington held their annual town elections on Saturday.

About 14 percent of the voters turned out to decide two contested races on the ballot.

Incumbent Selectman Mike Franey held on to his seat, winning his reelection bid 759 to 630 votes over challenger Robert Toomey.

While Franey said he’s extremely happy to be reelected, he also likened it to going to the dentist for a painful procedure.

“I think for most of the volunteers in all our towns around here, it’s an unpaid position. Don’t get me wrong – I thoroughly enjoy it – but there’s a lot decisions that you have to make that are not easy and you’re not going to make everybody happy and in some regards, it has its drawbacks. Like I often times said, it’s like you won the election and it’s good – it’s like winning a prize that, you know, you can go and get a root canal – something like that, but it has it’s very rewarding moments too”, Franey said.

Interim Town Clerk Leanne Adams won the race for Town Clerk and defeated challenger Chris Persampieri, 1,024 to 312.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.