Voters in cities across Massachusetts headed to the polls Tuesday to elect municipal leaders, most notably mayors.
A few candidates faced controversy during the campaign. Some came out on the other side, unscathed and able to secure enough votes to serve as their city’s mayor, and some did not.
In Springfield, candidate Justin Hurst faced an allegation of paying residents to vote for him just days before the election. He denied the allegation and called it a “last-minute smear campaign” by Mayor Domenic Sarno, at a news conference in front of his home.
In Brockton, Mayor Robert Sullivan was elected to serve a third term despite facing an overspending scandal involving the city’s public schools. The Brockton School Committee, which Sullivan chairs, discovered a $14 million shortfall in the 2023 fiscal year’s $221 million budget just days before the start of the new school year.
Here are the results of some races:
Mayor Michael P. Cahill was elected to a sixth term, defeating challenger James P. Zarella III by a vote of 6,118 to 3,618, according to results posted on the city’s website.
Sullivan, who has been the mayor of the city since 2019, defeated Fred Fontaine, 6,321 to 3,182, according to results posted on the city’s website. Sullivan’s reelection came just months after the city’s overspending scandal involving Brockton Public Schools. The Brockton School Committee, which Sullivan chairs, uncovered a $14 million shortfall in the 2023 fiscal year’s $221 million budget.
Mayor Greg Verga was reelected to a second two-year term, defeating the city’s former health director Mary Ellen Rose. Verga fired Rose from her role as the city’s public health director earlier this year. Verga received 4,797 votes and Rose 3,006, according to results posted on the city’s website.
City Councilor Melinda E. Barrett defeated Guy Cooper in a race to succeed the current 10-term Mayor James J. Fiorentini. Barrett will be the first woman to be the city’s mayor, according to WHAV. She beat Cooper in a vote of 7,038 to 3,024, according to results on the city’s website.
Mayor Paul Coogan was reelected to serve another term as the city’s mayor, beating Sam Sutter, who was mayor of the city from 2014 to 2015. Coogan won 6,643 of the votes and Sutter won 4,310, according to the Herald News. Results were not posted to the city’s website as of Wednesday evening.
After eight years in office, Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale was defeated by three-term Councilor At Large Samantha M. Squailia. She defeated DiNatale by a vote of 4,093 to 2,778, according to results posted on the city’s website.
Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn will serve another term. She defeated City Councilor Rick Caraviello by a margin of 7,339 to 5,661, according to unofficial election results posted on the city’s website.
Mayor Jon Mitchell was reelected to serve as the city’s mayor, defeating challenger Tyson Moultrie. Mitchell beat Tyson by a margin of 5,272 to 2,719, according to the New Bedford Light. Results were not posted on the city’s website as of Thursday night.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt was elected to a seventh term, defeating challenger Rochelle A. Agneta by a vote of 6,017 to 1,229, according to results posted to the city’s website.
Mayor Thomas Koch, the city’s longest-serving mayor, will serve another term after defeating Councilor At Large Anne Mahoney. This was Mahoney’s third unsuccessful attempt at challenging Koch in a mayoral race. Koch defeated Mahoney by a margin of 10,380 to 8,476, according to election results posted on the city’s website.
Acting Mayor Patrick Keefe defeated City Councilor and former mayor Daniel Rizzo for his first full term as mayor. Keefe received 4,929 votes and Rizzo received 4,561, according to results posted on the city’s website. Keefe has served as mayor since former mayor Brian Arrigo stepped down in the spring to become the state’s commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Domenic Sarno, who has been the mayor of the city since 2007, was elected to serve another term after defeating City Councilor Hurst. According to election results posted on the city’s website, Sarno received 12,077 votes and Hurst 8,945. Hurst’s campaign was caught in controversy days before voters cast their ballots. He adamantly denied allegations that his campaign paid for votes and accused Sarno’s administration of trying to discredit him before the election. In written affidavits, city employees said that many people who voted early had to register first and used a local homeless shelter for their address. Several inquired about $10 payments they said they were promised, the employees told the Globe.
Jeannette McCarthy, first elected mayor in 2004, was reelected to serve another term, defeating her challenger, City Councilor Jonathan Paz. McCarthy received 6,628 votes and Paz 4,551, according to election results posted on the city’s website.