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Incumbent James Quinty retains Ayer Shirley School Committee seat

Longtime Ayer/Shirley Regional School District School Committee member James Quinty is hoping to keep his seat in the town election on May 3. (M.E. Jones/Sentinel & Enterprise)
Longtime Ayer/Shirley Regional School District School Committee member James Quinty is hoping to keep his seat in the town election on May 3. (M.E. Jones/Sentinel & Enterprise)
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SHIRLEY — Incumbent James Quinty has served on the Ayer Shirley Regional School District School Committee since the district was created in 2010 and voters Tuesday voted to keep him on the committee for another three years.

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

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

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

“I’ll keep striving with others to help our community become an even better place for everyone,” she added.

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

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

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

“Liz worked hard and ran a great campaign. I can guarantee (we) will hear more from her and it would not surprise me to be working with her on the School Committee someday,” he said.

On being re-elected, Quinty said, “I view the result as the voters being happy with the progress we (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 in a concise manner, protecting educational access for the entire student body.”

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