First-term Quincy City Councilor Noel DiBona won the most votes and had a significant edge over his competitors in a crowded primary contest for the council’s three at-large seats, according to unofficial results released by the city clerk’s office Tuesday night.
DiBona received 4,919 votes, Daniel Raymondi came in second with 4,037 votes, and Margaret Laforest, the city councilor for Ward 1, came in third with 3,624 votes.
They will move on to the general election, as will Anne Mahoney, who came in fourth with 3,521 votes, Nina Liang, who won 3,095 votes, and Stephen Tougas, who trailed with 552 votes.
Stanley Dong Fang Xiao came in seventh with 392 votes and will not be a candidate on Nov. 7.
Five of the top vote-getters are well-known to voters.
Prior to his council tenure, DiBona was on the School Committee. Raymondi was a longtime ward councilor and commissioner of public works under Mayor Thomas P. Koch of Quincy. Laforest decided not to seek reelection in Ward 1, which includes Hough’s Neck and Merrymount. Mahoney is a member of the School Committee who ran unsuccessfully for mayor twice, and Liang is completing her first term on the council as an at-large member.
Primary elections were also held for three ward seats.
In Ward 1, David McCarthy came in first with 1,395 votes, and Joseph Murphy came in second with 345 votes. They will move on to the general election. Dan Davis came in third with 308 votes, and Michael Falcione came in fourth with 167 votes.
In Ward 5, Council President Kirsten Hughes won 687 votes, the most in the three-way primary. She and Michael Hurley, who won 552 votes, will advance to the general election. John Rodophele came in third with 179 votes.
In Ward 6, William Harris, who was appointed to the Squantum seat in April 2016, won 934 votes, and Herbert “Alie” Shaughnessy garnered 629 to move on to the general election. Steven Striffler came in third with 244 votes.
Turnout was 14.7 percent, according to the city clerk’s office.
This was the first local election without a mayoral race, after the city switched the mayor’s term from two years to four years with the 2015 election.
In addition to the council races, the November ballot will also include contests for three seats on the School Committee.Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.