WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There were four contested mayoral races on Election Day in western Massachusetts, but the outcome of one of them is not yet completely decided.
In Westfield’s mayoral race, State Senator Don Humason is narrowly leading Police Captain Michael McCabe in the race by just 97 votes with all precincts reporting and absentee votes counted.
On Wednesday morning, McCabe told 22News that he is asking for a recount “given the margin is less than one percent.”
Humason declared himself the winner of the race on social media late Tuesday night, listing his occupation as “Elected Mayor of Westfield” on his Facebook page, and writing a post-reading in part: “Thank you to the voters of Westfield who went to the polls and cast their ballots today. Thank you to those who voted for me. I will work hard to make you proud and to earn the respect and trust of those who may not have voted for me.” In a separate post, Humason thanked McCabe for a respectful race where both candidates “set the bar high.”
If the returns hold through a recount, Humason would replace Brian Sullivan, who chose not seek a third term. Sullivan is leaving office at the end of this week in order to take a job with the Baker Administration. City Council president Ralph Figy will serve as acting mayor before the new mayor is inaugurated.
The official numbers will be released in a few days once they are confirmed by the Westfield Clerk’s office.
If Humason becomes mayor, he has said he will leave his seat in the Massachusetts Senate, which would bring about a special election. Humason, one of the State Senate’s few Republicans, represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate District, which includes all of Agawam, Easthampton, Granville, Holyoke, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Tolland, and Westfield, as well as portions of Chicopee.