HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - As a result of Tuesday night’s biggest preliminary election, Jeff Stanek will challenge incumbent Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in November.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, Morse and Stanek were the top vote-getters, with 2419 to Morse and 2249 to Stanek.
Former Mayor Danny Szostkiewicz finished with 305, Air Force Veteran Jim Santiago had 197, and businessman Dan Boyle finished with 190.
Morse told 22News he'll focus on his re-election campaign for the next 7 weeks with the emphasis on downtown revitalization and public education.
“I think we had a really successful two years in the mayor's office, and we are going to continue using our energy, our passion and long term vision to move Holyoke in the right direction,” said Morse.
Morse received the most votes Tuesday night, but less than 200 votes behind was Jeff Stanek.
Stanek told 22News he's ready to go door to door for his campaign. Stanek said he grew up in Holyoke and is ready to show voters he can improve the city
“Do the homework. Make a decision and then stand by it. I have a lot of years as a control and chief financial officer, and I bring a lot to the table there, just in finances in general,” said Stanek.
Morse is seeking his second term as Mayor, after defeating then-incumbent Mayor Elaine Pluta in 2011. Morse was only 22-years-old.
Their names will be the only two names on the ballot in the Mayor's race when voters head to the polls again on November 5th.
Also making the final ballot are candidates for City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee and Louise Bisson; they edged-out candidate Dori Dean. In Ward 4, voters will have the choice between Jossie Valentin and Dorothea MacNeil to represent them on the City Council. Former councilor John Lecca finished third, but he had dropped out of the race prior to the preliminary vote.