Matt Sheehan, the former Dracut School Committee member, will now serve on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee.Sun staff photos can be
Matt Sheehan, the former Dracut School Committee member, will now serve on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee.

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DRACUT -- Former Dracut School Committee member Matthew Sheehan defeated Brady McCarron on Tuesday for one of two Dracut seats on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee.

Sheehan received 5,970 votes and McCarron received 4,909, according to unofficial results from the Dracut town clerk.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic. I think it's an honor and a privilege to represent Dracut," Sheehan said late Wednesday morning. "Over 5,000 people voted for me in the town of Dracut alone, that's just absolutely amazing. To be an elected official is just an honor and a privilege and I'm glad that I got my message out there. I told them my experience serving three terms on the Dracut School Committee and I can't wait to bring my experience to Greater Lowell Tech."

A graduate of GL Tech, Sheehan sought re-election to the Dracut School Committee last year and lost to Sabrina Heisey, who then went on to challenge state Rep. Colleen Garry in the state primary earlier this fall and lost.

"It's unfortunate that I didn't get the votes that I needed but, at the end of the day, I know that I worked hard, fought a clean campaign and that this likely won't be the end for me," McCarron said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm so appreciative of anyone that came out and cast their vote for me and supported me in the last four months."

Sheehan said his top priority is bringing all the area superintendents together to see if there is anything Greater Lowell Technical High School can help with.


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"I think Greater Lowell Tech has so much to offer and give. I want to bring everybody to the table," Sheehan said. "I don't think they've actually sat down together besides a professional meeting for Massachusetts superintendents. Maybe there's something that Greater Lowell Tech can do for Dracut and Tyngsboro that Dracut and Tyngsboro can't afford."

McCarron, who graduated from Greater Lowell Tech in 2012, said the school is a very big part of his life and that he's always had a passion for career and technical education.

The seat is open because Joe Espinola ran unsuccessfully for state Senate.

School Committee Vice Chair Fred Bahou and Committee member George W. O'Hare, both of Lowell, ran unopposed. So did George A. Tatseos, of Tyngsboro.

Kempton Giggey, of Dunstable, was a write-in in Tuesday's election after failing to submit enough signatures to get on the ballot due to an error. As of early Wednesday afternoon, Giggey said he had not received anything official but that "it looks promising."

This is the first time voters from the vocational school's communities have engaged in a one-man-one-vote system of election. According to School Committee member Ray Boutin, this means that residents of each community were able to vote on all of the individual candidates, even if they don't reside in the community the candidate was aiming to represent. So for example, Lowell residents were able to vote for either Sheehan or McCarron even if the candidates were eyeing to represent the town of Dracut.

The change stems from a lawsuit against the district from the Lowell City Council which claimed that each member having equal weight with their votes, despite population differences among communities, was unconstitutional. Currently Lowell has four representatives, Dracut has two, and Tyngsboro and Dunstable each have one.

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