Dedham's Unofficial Mayor Is ...
After months of fundraising, Dedham's mayor has been announced!
Mary Hathaway is Dedham's unofficial mayor.
Dedham Park and Recreation Director Bob Stanley made the announcement on Monday afternoon following a month of fundraising by candidates Tracey White and Mary Hathaway, both of whom were chosen by Patch readers in our Unofficial Mayor of Dedham contest. With Hathaway as the unofficial mayor, White is this year's unofficial deputy mayor.
Hathaway raised $9,081. White raised $6,713, for a combined $15,794 total. Stanley says this was the biggest mayor race since it began.
"Thank you to both candidates and all their supporters who helped them get where they did," Stanley said. "The funds raised really help out the Flag Day parade this year and years to come."
Dedham Patch teamed up with the Parks and Recreation Department to revive the Mayor of Dedham program this year.
Back in April we put a call out for nominations from our readers telling us who you thought should be honored as unofficial mayor of Dedham. Following the nomination process, readers were asked to vote for their choice. Once the voting phase was over, the top two nominees had to get out the vote, asking friends and family for $1 per vote. The person with the most votes after a month of campaigning would win the unofficial mayor contest.
Hathaway will be riding in Thursday night's Flag Day Parade touting her new title. Dedham Patch will be there to honor both the unofficial mayor and unofficial deputy mayor at the parade's start.
While funds raised are split between the Park and Recreation Department and the winner's charity of choice, both candidates agreed in advance no matter how much is raised, half of what each candidate brought in from donations goes to their individual charity.