HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Alex Morse has declared victory in his bid for a fourth term as mayor of Holyoke, defeating challenger Jay Ferreira.
Mayor Alex Morse has been elected to serve a four-year mayoral term. Residents voted to increase the Holyoke mayoral term from two to four years in the 2015 election.
“I want to be everyone’s mayor no matter where they come from, or what neighborhood they live in, so I think issue number one is uniting our community over the next four years,” Mayor Morse told 22News.
Morse was elected mayor in 2011 at age 22, unseating first-term incumbent Elaine Pluta. He won a second term in 2013, defeating challenger Jeffrey Stanek, and his third term in 2015, defeating challenger Francis O’ Connell.
22News also spoke to Ferreira, who trailed behind Morse with 42 percent of the vote.
“I just would want to encourage everyone in the city to continue to get involved and fight for Holyoke, and advocate for the issues that they think are important,” said Ferreira.
Morse took 12 of the 14 precincts in Tuesday night’s race.
Voter turnout in Holyoke was 31 percent.
There were also contested races for City Council At-Large, school committee in Ward 1 and city council in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6.City Council At-Large
Incumbents Michael Sullivan, Joseph McGiverin, Rebecca Lisi, Peter Tallman, James Leahy, and Daniel Bresnahan have been re-elected.
The number of at-large seats on the city council was reduced from eight down to six. Two incumbents, Diosdado Lopez and Howard Greaney, lost their seats this election.Ward 1
Incumbent Gladys Lebron-Martinez has been re-elected to Ward 1 City Council, beating out challenger Juan Sanchez.Ward 1 School Committee
Incumbent Mildred Lefebvre has been reelected to the Ward 1 School Committee, defeating challenger John Pietrzykowski.Ward 2
Incumbent Nelson Roman has been re-elected to Ward 2 City Council, beating out challenger J’Anthony Smith.Ward 3
Incumbent David Bartley has been re-elected to Ward 3 City Council, beating out challenger Darlene Elias.Ward 6
Juan Anderson-Burgos has defeated James Brunault in the race for Ward 6 City Council.