Holaday faces challenge from Cronin for Newburyport mayor

The ballot has been set for the Newburyport mayoral election on Nov. 7 after incumbent Donna Holaday and challenger Robert Cronin received the most votes in the primary held on Sept. 19.

Cronin, Ward 3 City Councilor since 2010, received the most votes with 1,445, compared to Holaday’s 1,388. Hazem Mahmoud was a distant third with 458 of the total 3,298 ballots cast, including seven blanks.

Newburyport City Clerk Richard Jones reported “just a hair under 23 percent of registered votes cast ballots in the September primary election.” Both candidates have expressed their commitment to reaching out to get more voters to come to the polls in November.


Meanwhile, Sean Reardon, a 1993 graduate of Newburyport High School, was elected to fill a vacant seat on the Newburyport School Committee by a joint vote of the City Council and School Committee. He will serve until Dec. 31, 2019, finishing the term of Christine Miller, who recently resigned.

An educational sales executive, Reardon has previously served on the Parks Commission and with the Port Pride school building project.

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