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Voters in Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, other cities make decisions in preliminary mayoral races Tuesday

A man cast his shadow on a sign outside of a polling place in Everett on Tuesday.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Incumbent mayors in Attleboro, Beverly, Everett, and Fall River were the top vote getters Tuesday in preliminary elections held in several Greater Boston cities ahead of the Nov. 2nd final election, according to local results.

Voters in Lawrence and Newburyport also headed to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates for mayor.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and City Councilor Fred Capone will advance in that city’s contest, while Capone’s council colleague, Gerly Adrien, came in third.

DeMaria, who was first elected mayor in 2007, came out ahead with 2,883 votes. Capone, who served in on the City Council from 1990 to 1999, and returned for a second stint beginning in 2014, placed second with 1,953 votes.


Adrien, who was elected in 2019 and was the first Black woman to serve on the council, finished Tuesday with 1,499 votes.

Before DeMaria’s 13 years as mayor, he had served on the Everett City Council since 1994.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of Everett’s voters,” DeMaria said in a statement Tuesday night. “It is a tremendous honor to serve, but it is an honor I will live up to.”

Capone, in a brief phone interview, said he was pleased with the outcome of the vote and looked forward to campaigning ahead of the November election.

“I think people realize it’s time for a change,’ Capone said. “We’ve done some things well in the community, but there is a lot we can improve. I think they are ready to embrace that change.”

About 29 percent of Everett’s 21,797 voters cast ballots Tuesday, according to the city clerk’s office.

In Beverly, Mayor Michael P. Cahill, who was first elected to the office in 2013, is seeking a new two-year term. Cahill, a former state representative and member of the City Council, faced two other candidates Tuesday: Esther W. Ngotho and Marshall S. Sterman.


Cahill came out far ahead of his competitors, with 1,262 votes, according to unofficial results. Ngotho was second with 609 votes, and Sterman had 219 votes. About 7 percent of Beverly’s 29,693 voters cast ballots .

In Fall River, Mayor Paul Coogan was challenged by Cliff Ponte, the City Council president, along with candidates Jonathan James Albernaz and Michael Vandal. Coogan, who was elected in 2019 after defeating former mayor Jasiel Correia, is seeking another two-year term.

Coogan received 3,893 votes, followed by Ponte, with 2,118 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday. Albernaz had 133 votes, and Vandal had 50 votes.

A total of 6,220 voters, or about 12 percent of the city’s roughly 51,300 registered voters, cast ballots Tuesday, according to the city clerk’s office.

Fall River’s preliminary mayoral election Tuesday coincided with former mayor Jasiel Correia’s sentencing to six years in prison on extortion-related charges in federal court.

In Attleboro, Mayor Paul R. Heroux faced challengers James K. Poore and Todd E. McGhee. Heroux, a former state representative who was elected mayor in 2017, is seeking another two-year term.

He came in first with 2,072 votes, according to the city clerk’s office. McGhee had 811 votes and Poore had 261 votes. The city reported 3,148 voters cast ballots — about 10 percent of the 31,304 registered voters in Attleboro.

Newburyport incumbent Mayor Donna Holaday is not running for another four-year term, and three candidates looked to succeed her on the ballot. Councilor Charles F. Tontar, School Committee member Sean R. Reardon, and resident Warren P. Russo were asking voters in Newburyport for a chance to appear on the city’s November ballot.


Tontar had 2,011 votes and Reardon had 1,188 votes, according to the city clerk’s office Tuesday night. Russo had 336 votes.

In Lawrence, a five-way race was underway to succeed former mayor Dan Rivera who left early this year to oversee MassDevelopment.

The field included Acting Mayor Kendrys R. Vasquez and Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, Lawrence’s community development director, plus Doris V. Rodriguez, Brian DePeña, and William Lantigua, a former Lawrence mayor and state representative.

Vasquez had 3,704 votes Tuesday night, according to the city clerk’s office. DePeña had 3,247 votes, Martinez-Dominguez had 1,193 votes, Lantigua received 781 votes, and Rodriguez had 99 votes, the city clerk reported.

Vasquez, in a statement Tuesday, thanked volunteers and voters for their support.

“We are humbled [by] the support we received from the residents of our city and we are excited to continue to fight for Lawrence and win again in November!” he said in the statement.

DePeña, in a brief phone interview Tuesday, said he would promote diversity and transparency in city government as mayor. He also pledged that, as mayor, he would contribute half of his mayoral salary to local youth programs, he said.

“When my community has any challenge, I’ll be there,” DePeña said.


Tuesday’s preliminary elections came one week after mayoral primaries were held in Boston and nine other cities -- Brockton, Framingham, Gloucester, Haverhill, Lynn, Medford, Newton, Salem, and Somerville.

Incumbents in two of those races — Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken — came in second in preliminary votes last week. Spicer will appear with challenger Charlie Sisitsky on the November ballot, while Romeo Theken faces off against Gregory P. Verga.

Last week’s preliminary elections in Somerville and Lynn, like in Newburyport, did not include incumbents on the ballot. Lynn Mayor Thomas McGee and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone are not running for re-election.

On Sept. 14, voters in Lynn chose School Committee member Jared C. Nicholson and City Council President Darren P. Cyr to appear on that city’s November ballot. Somerville voters will choose between City Council members Wilfred N. Mbah and Katjana Ballantyne to succeed Curtatone.

Other incumbent mayors last week pulled out first-place finishes, including Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, who will face challenger Amy Mah Sangiolo in November. In Salem, Mayor Kim Driscoll and Stephen G. Dibble were the top finishers in that city. Medford’s Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, along with John C. Falco Jr., will appear on the municipal ballot this fall.

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini also came in first against challenger Colin LePage on his path to another two-year term. In Brockton, Robert Sullivan, who was first elected mayor in 2019, will face Tina Cardoso in November.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.