BILLERICA -- "Fresh blood" was the catchphrase of the day in Billerica, resulting in a major change to the Board of Selectmen.

Challenger John Piscatelli topped the ticket with 3,158 votes, and fellow challenger Dan Burns garnered 2,856 votes for second place. Five candidates were running for two open selectmen seats.

Selectmen Chair Dave Gagliardi received 1,646 votes, and Selectman Bob Accomando collected 1,711 votes. Challenger Rome Capobianco finished last in the five-way race with 570 votes.

In the three-way race for two School Committee seats, incumbent Joanne Barry retained her seat with 3,289 votes, and challenger Kate Murphy, a former teacher, will join Barry the committee after securing 2,664 votes.

Finance Committee member Thomas Aquavella lost her run for a seat on the School Committee with just 2,386 votes.

Many residents told The Sun Saturday afternoon that they wanted to see a change on the divided Board of Selectmen.

"Change is good. I always feel that fresh blood is needed," said Trish West, 45, who voted at the Dutile School off Treble Cove Road. "We have a great board today, but adding two new members will help the town even more."

Mike Greenwood, voting at the Dutile School, also said that change was important.

"The selectmen seem to be deadlocked, sort of like in national politics, and we're getting nowhere," Greenwood said. "It's getting silly, and it's discouraging.


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Piscatelli, Burns and Murphy will be getting to work right away. Their inaugural meetings are on Monday night.

For more on Saturday's election, read Sunday's edition of The Sun and visit www.lowellsun.com.

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