Apparently, the majority of the Dracut voters who ventured to the polls on May 1 are satisfied with their public officials.
Incumbents ruled the day.
Dracut School Committee members Ron Mercier and Nancy Mendonca retained their seats on that board, but challenger Mike Thomas should be commended for a running a strong campaign. He finished just 252 votes behind Mendonca.
Dennis “D.J.” Deeb, also a member of the Dracut School Committee, won a fourth term to the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee, topping challenger Gerard Hould by more than 400 votes.
Mary Lee Matthews, a longtime member of the Board of Library Trustees, coasted to victory.
Mendonca has worked hard to repair a damaged relationship between the municipal and school sides of government, and her efforts seemed to be appreciated by the voters.
Mercier has promised to hold the school administration, particularly Superintendent Elaine Espindle, accountable. Voters seemed to appreciate that. Mercier also wants to continue searching for land for a new high school and maintain the district’s current 100 percent MCAS record.
Deeb is also known as a stickler for accountability on both boards on which he serves, and voters gave him reason to continue that course.
All the unsuccessul challengers should be congratulated for having the courage to enter the public arena and put their ideas to the test.
No matter how well they may be performing, incumbents should be held accountable for the decisions they’ve made. One place that can occur is in a competitive campaign against a well-informed opponent.
So congratulations are in order for all involved.