Tight battles ahead for mayor in Lawrence, Holyoke
To win in Nov., candidates will need to tap rivals' supporters
THE RACES FOR MAYOR in Lawrence and Holyoke promise to be close, as voters in the two communities on Tuesday narrowed crowded fields to two finalists who will need to attract votes from losing candidates to win in November.
In Lawrence, Kendrys Vasquez, the former City Council president and acting mayor, won 3,704 votes to take first place in the preliminary election. He was followed close behind by Brian DePena, a businessman and former city councilor, who received 3,247 votes.
Vilma Dominguez-Martinez came in third with 1,193 votes, followed by former mayor William Lantigua with 781 and Doris Rodriguez with 99. Dominguez-Martinez, Lawrence’s community development director, was backed by the previous mayor, Dan Rivera, who left to take the top job at Mass Development.
In Holyoke, at-large City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia, the town manager for Blandford, topped the balloting in a seven-way preliminary to fill the mayor’s seat vacated by Alex Morse, who resigned earlier this year to become town manager in Provincetown.
In North Adams, Jennifer Macksey, the assistant superintendent of operations and finance at the North Berkshire School Union, won the preliminary mayoral election with 55 percent of the vote. Lynette Bond, a member of the North Adams planning board and director for grants and research at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, came in a fairly distant second with 42 percent of the vote. The other two candidates garnered just 3 percent of the vote.
Macksey would appear to be favored in the November final. Either way, a woman will be the mayor of North Adams for the first time in 127 years.
With Mayor Donna Holaday stepping down in Newburyport, three candidates stopped up to vie for the office. Unofficial results indicated City Councilor Charles Tontar will face off against School Committee member Sean Reardon in the November final. Tontar had 2,011 votes and Reardon had 1,188. The third candidate, Warren Russo, had 336 votes.
Incumbents generally fared well on Tuesday. In Everett, Mayor Carlo DeMaria came in first with 2,883 votes and will square off in November against City Councilor Fred Capone, who received 1,953 votes. The third-place finisher was Gerly Adrien with 1,499 votes. Adrien, a Black woman, gained some visibility with clashes with fellow city councilors and DeMaria over race issues, but that visibility did not translate into strength at the polls.In Beverly, incumbent Mayor Michael Cahill received twice as many votes as second-place finisher Esther Ngoko. Incumbent Paul Coogan in Fall River received 3,893 votes, well ahead of the second-place finisher, City Council President Cliff Ponte, with 2,118 votes. Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux trounced runner-up Todd McGhee, who received 811 votes.
Michael Jonas contributed to this report.