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Wakefield Voters Say Keep Warrior Logo

April 28, 2021

A majority of voters in the town of Wakefield northwest of Boston want to keep Warrior as the logo of the town’s high school.

Wakefield voters chose to keep the logo by a margin of about 55 to 45 percent, with some ballots still left to count, according to

The Warrior logo was attacked as demeaning and racist by opponents, but defended as respectful and a positive part of the town’s culture and heritage by supporters.

“This town is so divided. We’re so polarized,” Town Council elect Anne Danehy, said at the April 1 debate, according to The Boston Globe. “It’s the people who have been here for generations, they’re feeling unwelcome. And it’s the people who have just moved here, and they’re feeling unwelcome. And it is a shame.”

Former Republican state Senator Richard Tisei, a Wakefield resident, supported keeping the logo.

“I think there are people who are going to specifically vote to send a message, that they should be the one to decide . . . regardless of how they feel about the issue,” he told the Globe.

The resolution at the annual town election Tuesday, April 27 is nonbinding. The town’s School Committee voted to eliminate the logo last month. It’s unclear if committee members will stick with their previous decision in the wake of this vote.

Wakefield is not a Republican stronghold. President Joe Biden received 61.1 percent of the vote there in the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump’s 36.1 percent, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.


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