Carboni wins 3-year Select Board seat, David Lodge elected to Planning Board

Apr 1, 2024

LAKEVILLE — Town residents have known that Lakeville’s Select Board would be expanding to five members, and now they know who’s going to fill those seats. 

Incumbent Lorraine Carboni has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Select Board. Maureen Candito has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Select Board, and Brynna Donahue has been elected to serve a one-year term. 

With the new Rank Choice system, the three-year term is awarded to the candidate who received the most votes, the two-year term to the candidate who received the second-most votes, and the one-year term to the candidate who received the next highest votes. 

The following results are unofficial. 

Carboni received a total of 1,102 votes across all three precincts. Candito earned a total of 961 votes, and Donahue received a total of 729 votes. The fourth candidate, Mark Knox, received a total of 609 votes. 

Regarding her win, Lorraine Carboni said: “I am very thankful for the support of the Lakeville voters.” She added that: “This is a monumental year for us, going to a five-member board. I am happy to carry on the torch and be part of the change in Lakeville.”

As for the issues that she hopes to address, she stated “strategy and budget forecasting are my priorities.” 

Candito said: “I’m excited to jump in and help with creating solutions and a path forward for Lakeville.” One of her first priorities, she noted, is working to create a new structure and guidelines for the five-member board. “It’s important that we’re all working together in the same direction if we want to move forward.” 

Brynna Donahue responded that the one-year term was exactly the seat she was hoping for. 

“I got the position I wanted,” she said, because a one-year term would give her experience without having to make a long-term commitment. 

The future of the Lakeville hospital property, housing, and balancing the municipal budget, she said, are a few of the issues she’d like to tackle as a board member. 

On the Planning Board, candidate David Lodge has been elected to serve a five-year term. He received an total of 755 votes, beating incumbent Mark Knox, who received a total of 497 votes. 

On his win, Lodge said “I feel good. I feel that Lakeville has decided which way they want to go. They want to keep a more rural character to the town, and that’s what they voted for.”

As for his next steps, he said, “I’ve got some learning to do. I need to see what’s gone on so far so that I am not taking the town off in some direction they were already going in.” 

All other races were uncontested. Daniel Wilga has been elected to serve a three-year unexpired term on the Planning Board, receiving the vote of 960 residents. 

Crystal Ng and Carolina Hernandez won the two open seats on the Freetown Lakeville Regional School District Committee, earning 771 and 737 votes respectively.

Re-elected candidates include Kathryn Goodfellow for town moderator, David Lamoureux to the Board of Assessors, Derek Maxim to the Board of Health, Patrick Marshall for Library Trustee, and Kenneth Upham, Sr. to the Cemetery Commission. Goodfellow earned a total of 1,129 votes, Lamoureux a total of 1,067 votes, Maxim a total of 1,023 votes, and Marshall a total of 1,058 votes. Upham received 1,044 votes for a three-year term on the Cemetery Commission. 

Write-in candidate Darren Beals won a three-year term on the Finance Committee, with 252 votes and write-in candidate Barbara Mancovksy won a two-year unexpired term on Finance Committee. 

Total voter-turn out was 14.6%, according to reports by the Town Clerk Office. As of the March 22 registration deadline, Lakeville has 9,404 registered voters. Total votes cast for this election were 1,371. 

One of the residents who came out to vote this Monday was Angela Izzo. She said she was primarily coming out to vote for the School Committee because her oldest child started kindergarten this year and her youngest will be in kindergarten in a few years. “What’s going on in the schools is very important to us.” Voting, she said, “is important if you want to see change.” 

Another Lakeville resident, Conny Tuffile, said she came out to vote because “it’s my duty as a citizen.” Tuffile makes it a point to vote in all town elections. If people don’t vote, “bad things can happen,” she said. “It’s very important that people take part in their government.”