AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - Mayor Susan Dawson was ousted in Agawam's mayoral preliminaryelection on Tuesday. She finished fourth in a seven candidatefield.
Earlier this year, Dawson claimed she was attacked at aMax’s Tavern restaurant in Springfield by her boyfriend'sestranged wife, Celeste Benoit.
Benoit has been charged in connection with that allegedattack and the case is working its way through the courts.
On Tuesday night, in an interview with 22News, Dawson refusedto speculate on whether the controversy surrounding her privatelife may have contributed to her defeat.
Former resident of Agawam Richard Reid told 22News hebelieves a candidate or elected official's private lives candefinitely impact voters’ perception of them and hurt theirstanding with voters.
Yet another woman saw it differently. Judy Jock said she sawDawson as a victim and that the controversy surrounding her privatelife had nothing to do with her running the city.