Incumbent James Quinty retains Ayer Shirley School Committee seat

SHIRLEY — Incumbent James Quinty has served on the Ayer Shirley Regional School District School Committee since the district’s inception in 2010 and voters voted Tuesday to keep him on the committee for another three years.

The race between Quinty and Elizabeth Johnson was the only contested race in Shirley’s township election on Friday. Quinty received 310 votes to Johnson’s 249. Turnout was low with just 565 ballots cast among the city’s 4,347 eligible voters.

“It’s been an exciting journey,” Johnson said after the election results were released, adding congratulations to Quinty.

“I feel humbled and blessed…we have raised important issues, from creating a diverse district workforce, to new elementary schools using clean energy, to ensuring that every student and staff member feels valued and included,” Johnson said.

“I will continue to strive with others to help our community become an even better place for everyone,” she added.

When asked if she plans to run again, her answer was maybe.

“It’s a way to really make a difference,” Johnson said.

Quinty, for his part, had kind words for his opponent and a promise for voters.

“Liz has worked hard and campaigned great. I can guarantee that (we) will hear more from her and it wouldn’t surprise me to work with her on the school committee one day,” he said. -he declares.

On re-election, Quinty said: “I view the outcome as voters being happy with the progress we (the school committee) have made and the trajectory we are on. “I promise to continue to be fair and truthful in all my actions and to present information concisely, protecting access to education for the entire student body.”