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ELECTION 2015: Stephanie Muccini Burke: ‘It was a tough race’

By Nell Escobar Coakley & Alex Ruppenthal
medford@wickedlocal.com

Stephanie Muccini Burke has made history. After 28 years of one mayor under the city’s Plan A form of government, she becomes the first woman elected to the post and the second person to ever hold the job.

Burke won the Nov. 3 mayor’s race with 7,060 votes to opponent and long-time city councilor Robert M. Penta’s 6,505 votes, or 555 votes.

About 13,750 votes were cast, or 38.87 percent of voters, who turned out for the citywide election. City officials say it’s one of the highest voter turnouts in the city’s history.

Burke was swarmed by well wishers at her victory party at Shanghai Moon on Salem Street Tuesday night.

“It was a tough race,” Burke said, of the past seven months since she announced her intentions.

Burke said the evening was a nail biter, but she thought she might win after seeing results from Ward 3 Precinct 2 and Ward 6 Precinct 1.

She added she’s glad the campaign is over.

“Of course I am,” she said. “I’m ready to go back to work.”

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