In days before election

Published in the May 25, 2016 edition


LYNNFIELD — Selectman Dick Dalton proved to be quite a fundraiser in the final eight days leading up to the town election on April 11.

According to campaign finance reports, Dalton raised $3,950 between April 2 and May 11. Dalton had $1,251.70 to spend 10 days before the election. When coupled with the $3,950 raised over the last 10 days before the election, Dalton’s campaign had $5,201.70 to spend.

Selectman candidate Michael Walsh, who did not return his campaign finance reports until last week, raised $3,800 from April 4 to May 20. State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports 30 days after an election, which would have been May 11.

Reid informed the Villager last week she reached out to Walsh and requested that he complete the campaign finance report.

Dalton was elected to the Board of Selectmen by a margin of 227 votes over Walsh, 934-707.


The top campaign contributors to Dalton’s campaign were Lynnfield native and Wenham resident Steve DiFillipo ($1,000), Peter and Shirley Siciliano ($500), Philip Singleton ($500), Boston resident John E. Murphy Jr. ($200), Jack Adelson ($150), Frank and Nancy Anderson ($100), Boston residents Thomas and Marsha Alperin ($100), Richard Casaletto ($100) and Robert Casoli ($100).

Dalton also received campaign contributions from Beverly Merritt ($100), Swampscott residents Thomas and Mary Desimone ($100), Gilfroia and Salvatore Giugliano ($100), Boston resident Roger Donoghue ($100), Wellesley resident Stephen Kinsella ($100), Brookline resident Richard Marks ($100) and Stow residents Edward and Jodie Marsteiner ($100).

The remaining campaign contributors to Dalton’s campaign were Boston resident Tara Jean O’Donnell ($100), Newton Lower Falls residents John and Carol O’Neil Jr. ($100), Natick resident Brian Sciera ($100), Boston residents Theodore and Kate Tye ($100), Anders and Marjorie Youngren ($50) and Susan and Paul Beaulieu ($50).

The Committee to Elect Dick Dalton spent $1,464 on newspaper advertising. The committee also spent $920 on catering from Fusilli’s in Reading for the election night party. The committee spent $531.10 on snacks from Costco for the election party. The Committee to Elect Dick Dalton also spent $232 for a campaign webpage created by Campaign Partner.

Additionally, the committee spent $200 in order to rent a room at the Arborpoint apartment complex for the election night party. The committee also spent $38.12 on party supplies from Party City.

According to the campaign finance report, Dalton had $1,816.48 at the end of the campaign.


According to the campaign finance report, Walsh donated $2,000 to his campaign on April 5. John Walsh donated $700 to his son’s campaign on April 7 and donated an additional $750 on May 8. Mauro Walsh donated $200 to the Committee to Elect Michael Walsh on April 9.

The campaign finance report revealed Walsh spent $3,450 on newspaper advertising. Walsh also spent $200 on robo calls from Sarasota, Fla.-based PMI Consulting. He spent $670 on printing from Stateline Graphics in Everett on April 29.

According to the campaign finance report, Walsh had $210 at the end of the campaign.


Planning Board write-in candidate Al Sylvia, 16 Lynnbrook Rd., also submitted campaign finance reports to the town clerk’s office by the May 11 deadline. Sylvia finished second in the race for a one-year term on the Planning Board with 183 votes.

Planning Board co-Chairman Alan Dresios was re-elected with 252 votes in his write-in campaign. Pagos Way resident Tomasz Pagos finished third in the race after receiving 131 votes.

Sylvia did not receive any donations in his first run for office.

According to the campaign finance report, Sylvia spent $1,947.04 on his campaign. Sylvia spent $1,213.06 on mailer post cards from FedEx. He spent $455 on stamps from the United States Postal Service. Sylvia spent $225 on newspaper advertising. He spent $53.98 on vote business cards from FedEx.