Rockland: Two Selectmen Seats Filled in Special Election

From left: Rich Penney (five month term) and Kara Nyman (one year, five month term) were elected to the Rockland Board of Selectmen. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Rich Penney (five month term) and Kara Nyman (one year, five month term) were elected to the Rockland Board of Selectmen. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

The town of Rockland now has a five-member Board of Selectmen after a special election was held.

Preliminary results show Kara Nyman was elected to a one year, five month term, and Rich Penney was elected to a five-month term.

The board was running with just three members – Mike Mullen, Mike O’Loughlin, and Larry Ryan after a sex scandal rocked Town Hall over the summer. Ed Kimball and Deirdre Hall resigned after they were named in a report by an independent investigator.

Nyman won with 3,850 votes over Jim Simpson, who had 1,800 votes. Jared Valanzola had 1,727 votes. Penney won with 4,868 votes over challenger Brian Kain — who had 2,142 votes.

Voter turnout was 7,512 (62%).


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com