Town election update: School Committee candidate drops out

One of the five candidates running for two seats on the School Committee has dropped out of the race. Karen Tal-Makhluf was the first person to announce her candidacy in March.

“Since then, I have been encouraged to see four other candidates enter the race. Since I have no wish to detract from these candidates’ efforts and because I will also need to be traveling during much of the campaign season, I am publicly withdrawing from this year’s School Committee race effective today, but I look forward to continuing to help move our communty forward both as a volunteer and as a parent,” Tal-Makhluf wrote in a statement.

The remaining School Committee candidates are incumbent Sarah Gold, Paul Baker of Overlook Road, former Glover School principal Brian Ota of Merritt Street and former School Committee member Jennifer Schaeffner of Casino Road.

Read about other contests in the June 20 election HERE.

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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