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Devens Committee election ends with tie
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DEVENS — The Devens Committee (DC) election on Tuesday brought new terms to four incumbents and yielded a tie for the fifth and final seat.

The tie was between DC Chairman David Winters and challenger Avedis “Mike” Donabedian, who were knotted at 51 votes apiece.

MassDevelopment Senior Vice President of Devens Operations Richard Montuori said Wednesday that a special election would be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., to determine a winner.

DC Vice Chairman Michael Boucher led the field with 77 votes and received a three-year term.

Thomas Kinch and Phillip Crosby each received two-year terms with 58 and 57 votes, respectively.

Robert Eisengrein won a one-year term with 56 votes, while challenger Kenneth Ashe finished out of the running with 46 votes.

All told, 99 of the 142 registered voters at Devens cast ballots, said MassDevelopment representative Kate Clisham.

The DC is an advisory group to MassDevelopment that serves as a Board of Selectmen of sorts for Devens residents.

In related news, Montuori acknowledged the election was the first one MassDevelopment has held at Devens where residents were required to pre-register in advance.

However, he added that notification of the requirement was sent to all Devens residents when the election was announced.