July 08, 2020

Medway residents elect 2 selectmen to fill board seats

MEDWAY – A newcomer who helped lure a bakery distributorship to Route 157 and a political veteran were elected Wednesday night to the Board of Selectmen during a town meeting, officials said Thursday.

Running for two open seats, Selectman Darrell Lyons was re-elected with 80 votes, and David Dickey received 86 votes in his first stab at politics, town officials said. Jane McLaughlin received 74 votes; Albert Vandine, 38; Selectman Bruce Jones, who did not run again, received 37 write-in votes. Brian Pinard and Robin McLaughlin each received 33 votes.

Dickey, 35, a sales manager for Interstate Brands, which owns the Nissen Bakery on Route 157, said he hoped to draw more such businesses to Medway while on the board.

“I’m excited. I think that I have a bit of a learning time here, and I have some pretty good ideas I hope to pursue,” Dickey said Thursday. “I am hoping to show some other companies that there a whole lot of advantages to being centrally located in Medway. The area that they can cover from Medway is huge.”

The bakery, which has 13 workers, will add two more at the end of the month, Dickey said. In an area where about 47 percent of the population is below the poverty line and unemployment typically runs double the state average, any new or expanding business is welcome.

“It’s pretty nice to win,” Dickey said. “I didn’t expect to.”

Dickey is a welcome addition to town politics, said Steve Federico, Medway School Committee and Union 113 school board chairman.

“I think David will be a good leader for the town. He brings a good business approach to it, and Darrell brings back a great deal of experience,” Federico said Thursday.

Federico, with 140 votes, and Greg Stanley, with 177 votes, were re-elected to the school committee’s two open seats, town officials said. Lisa Lee received 74 votes. John Farrington and Robert Pelkey received one vote each.

Federico has been on the committee for 12 years, including 10 as Union 113 chairman, he said.

Union 113 serves East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville.

“It’s a challenge,” Federico said. “I look forward to doing what I can to keep the cost of education under control and yet continue to offer a quality education. That’s a tough balancing act.”

He was pleased Stanley was re-elected.

“Greg is a very good board member. He is a little bit on the conservative side and that helps balance the board out, brings a different look to it,” Federico said. “He certainly speaks his mind, so I think he helps the board overall. You need to look at the whole aspect – you can’t be strictly liberal or conservative.”

Correction: A shorter version of this article appeared in the State edition.

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