SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The results are in after preliminary elections were held in Springfield Tuesday night.
The mayors race was brought down from four candidates to two.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Yolanda Cancel were chosen from a field of four candidates, that included Jefferey Donnelly and Linda O’Connell. Though O’Connell’s name still appeared on the ballot, she announced in July she would be suspending her campaign due to a health issue.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. at the dozens of Springfield polling locations. 22News visited the polling station at the fire department headquarters, and by 6 p.m., only around 62 people had cast their vote.
One woman said she wasn’t expecting a major turnout, but the number of people running for mayor may have pulled in more voters than usual.
“I think voting is extremely important,” said Karin Johnson. “You gotta vote at the little elections because it matters as you get all the way up to things like president. Locally can make a difference. Obviously voting is always a little slow, so the more people that get out the better it is.”
22News was at the Rebecca Johnson school where voters in Ward 4 participated in the preliminary election. Springfield’s preliminary election will determine who’s on the November ballot for mayor and two city council seats.