Longtime North End resident, Mary McGee, is the new President of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). McGee was voted into the lead role after a contentious election process at the October 13th annual meeting.
An unsuccessful proposal to extend executive term limits thwarted the group’s nomination committee to have past President Ford Cavallari continue serving in that role. Vice President David Goggins put forth the recommendation, with a list of reasons why two years was too short for an executive term.
After an extended discussion, the by-laws change to extend term limits from two to four years was met with skepticism by the membership and failed to meet the two-thirds hurdle in a vote of 25-22.
NEWRA nominating committee member Jim Salini reviewed the history leading up to the election, saying their preferred candidate was Cavallari which is why the by-laws change was proposed. As a result, they did not include McGee as part of their slate, referring to her “11th hour” candidacy. The committee put forth candidates for the other executive positions who were elected by voice vote.
NEWRA’s new executive roster is as follows:
- President – Mary McGee
- Vice President – David Goggins
- Treasurer – Ann DeLuca
- Secretary – Jennifer Crampton
- Sergeant at Arms – Cheryl Delgreco
View the meeting video at the top of this post for the complete by-laws discussion and election.