Norwell: Incumbents score big in 4 contested races in annual town election

About 22% of Norwell’s registered voters turned out for their annual elections on Saturday, featuring four contested races for selectman, school committee, housing authority and town clerk.

In the selectmen’s race, Incumbent Ellen Allen won by a wide margin with 1,085 votes over challenger Christopher Cataldo with just 559.

Allen said her campaign for re-election went well for the most part, until she discovered that most of her campaign signs had been stolen.

“Mostly it was fine. It was disappointing when I had 90% of my signs stolen last weekend. That was a disappointment. 90% of my signs disappeared last Saturday night. I was in New Hampshire, but people woke up Sunday morning and they were gone and we’ve never seen them. We had to replace them all.”

Two seats on the school committee that were up for grabs are won by Incumbent Kiersten Warendorf with 1157 votes and Alison Link with 1059, winning over Joshua Snyder at 595.
Allison Link wins the seat left vacant by Brain Noble, who decided not to run for re-election.

In what turned out to be an extremely close race, Incumbent Edward Walsh will keep his seat on the Housing Authority, winning with 734 votes to beat Charles Markham at 700.

Town Clerk Patricia Anderson will return to her job as she garnered 903 votes over Jill O’Loughlin with 746.

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.