The race for mayor of Quincy takes the spotlight as the city prepares to hold its elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The mayoral contest pits four-term incumbent Thomas P. Koch against former mayor William J. Phelan. The race marks the third electoral meeting between the two: Koch unseated Phelan in 2007 and then turned back a challenger from him in 2009.
Adding interest is that the city is shifting as of this election to a four-year mayoral term.
Six other contests are on tap. One is a five-way race for for three City Council at-large seats. Competing are incumbents Joseph G. Finn and Michael E. McFarland, School Committee members David F. McCarthy and Noel T. DiBona, and political newcomer Nina Liang.
Four ward councilors have challengers: Ward 1 incumbent Margaret E. Laforest faces John J. McCone; Ward 2 incumbent Brad L. Croall is opposed by James M. Connors; Ward 5 incumbent Kirsten L. Hughes is competing with Gina Ostis; and Ward 6 incumbent Brian F. McNamee is vying with William Harris. In Ward 3, Ian Charles Cain and Karl Roos are contending to succeed retiring Councilor Kevin F. Coughlin.
Running unopposed are Ward 4 Councilor Brian D. Palmucci, who is seeking reelection, and the three candidates for School Committee: incumbents Paul L. Bregoli and Kathryn E. Hubley and James Vincent DeAmicis.