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Carpenter wins third mayoral term in Brockton

Brockton, MA: 02-16-2016: Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter after speaking at Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing in Brockton, Mass. on whether to allow a casino to be built in Brockton 19, 2016. The meeting was held at the Massasoit Conference Center. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Sean Murpny, Metro( 02brockton )
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Mayor Bill Carpenter of Brockton says he plans to run again in 2019.

Mayor Bill Carpenter won a third two-year term in Brockton Tuesday, beating political neophyte Jimmy Pereira by 1,103 votes.

Both candidates indicated they plan to run again. “Get ready for the next campaign, because we’re not going anywhere,” Carpenter told supporters at a victory party at Joe Angelo’s Café.

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Jimmy Pereira lost by about 1,100 votes.

Pereira, 26, said he thinks his campaign “made a big statement and we’ll be looking forward toward 2019. I do hope to run again.”

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A former gang member who turned his life around, Pereira now works as a transportation planner with the Old Colony Planning Council. He received 5,550 votes to Carpenter’s 6,653 in an election that drew about 25 percent of eligible voters in the city of about 95,000 people.

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Incumbents prevailed in all the other contests on the ballot, but two new faces won open seats on the City Council -- including a Haitian immigrant who recently became a US citizen.

Jean Bradley Derenoncourt came from Haiti less than seven years ago, learned English, and then earned degrees from Massasoit Community College and Suffolk University. An aide to state Senator Michael Brady of Brockton, Derenoncourt received 5,250 votes to take one of four councilor at large positions.

Susan Nicastro, the other newcomer to the council, garnered 1,029 votes against Derek Barros’s 656 to secure the open Ward 4 council seat.

City Council President Robert Sullivan won a sixth term as councilor at large, with 6,111 votes. Moises Rodrigues and former mayor Winthrop Farwell Jr. also won at large seats, with 5,616 and 5,376 votes, respectively.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.