Beaulieu takes District 3 race; Kinch is top vote-getter in at-large primary

Beaulieu takes District 3 race; Kinch is top vote-getter in at-large primary

Winning District 3 Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu, right, receives congratulations from Councilor Tom Kane after learning that she'd defeated Tim McCann in Wednesday's primary. (Breeze photo by Bill Murphy)

CUMBERLAND – Freshman District 3 Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu handily defeated Democratic challenger Timothy McCann, earning a second term with 148 more votes than the challenger.

When asked whether she felt confident before the polls closed, Beaulieu said, “You never know with an election, but I’m hopeful and optimistic. We did a lot of door knocking and had some really good feedback from people about the work that I’ve done on the council and my record.”

Eleven minutes after the polls closed, “Lisa! Lisa!” chants broke out at Angelo’s Palace Pizza on Mendon Road, where Beaulieu joined supporters of mayoral challenger Jeff Mutter, who also won. A projector screen displaying the results showed she had 602 votes, or 57 percent, to McCann’s 454 votes, or 43 percent.

Beaulieu, who won a seat on the council two years ago after serving on the School Committee, said growth management has been a large part of her mission as a council member.

“I think there’s a lot more work to do,” she said, noting that she wants to spend more time focusing on “issues that have been most common around speeding and traffic, as well as growth management” in town.

Beaulieu said this campaign season brought “a little bit of misinformation” from her opponent, but that she ultimately said nothing about McCann.

“He may have used this opportunity to take an issue that people had and tried to make it seem like I wasn’t doing anything to address it,” she said, referring to the traffic issue.

Former Cumberland Deputy Police Chief Michael Kinch took home the most votes in Wednesday's Democratic primary for two party nominations in the at-large Town Council race, winning nearly 40 percent of the total vote.

“We just wanted to come in first,” he said.

Kinch said he was “honored and humbled” by the win, saying he set out to earn the most votes from residents and succeeded in that goal by securing 3,331 votes.

Council President Peter Bradley came in second, with 3,147 votes, or 37.5 percent, and Roland Gauvin finished third, at 1,917 votes, or 22.8 percent.

The two winners now take on independent Jim Scullin in the November general election, with the top two of three earning an at-large seat.

Kinch said he plans to bring a “sense of cooperation” to the council, saying he's a “reasonable guy” and he's going to work with others to understand and study the issues facing Cumberland.

The winner, who campaigned for Mayor Bill Murray in his failed re-election bid, said he also knows Mutter and he said from the beginning of the race that the town had two good candidates running for the top seat.