NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – City Councilor Gina-Louise Sciarra has defeated Marc Warner in the race for Northampton mayor.
In the preliminary election, Sciarra saw over 60 percent of the vote compared to candidate Marc Warner and on Tuesday night, a similar achievement. Sciarra received nearly 70 percent of the votes winning the office for mayor.
Sciarra told 22News her experience in civic duty as both president of the Northampton City Council and chair of the finance committee will help her better serve Northampton as mayor. 22News met up with the winning candidate who told us her goals when she takes the mayor’s office.
“First up we need to stand up our department of community care. that will be one of the first things that I am working on on day one. We have the redesign of Main Street that is in process and trying to find a location of our resilience hub. We have to work on our energy and sustainability goals,” said Sciarra.
Warner told 22News it was his pleasure to be a part of this race. He added that he hopes his message was put out there and will continue to be civically engaged in Northampton.
Majority of voters also seemed to be in favor of the city establishing and maintaining a municipal light plant. Having a municipal light plant would allow the city to offer municipal broadband service. A “yes” vote doesn’t obligate the city to form a municipal light plant, but a “no” vote would’ve been binding, and prohibit the city from doing so.
There are four candidates running for two at-large seats on the City Council and there is guaranteed to be two new at-large councilors, as Sciarra is now mayor, and longtime Councilor Bill Dwight is not running for re-election. There will also be new councilors in Wards 1 and 4, which are open seats, while Ward 3 Councilor James Nash is facing a challenge from David Kris. There are no contested races for council in Wards 2, 5, 6, or 7.
On the School Committee side, there are contested races in Wards 2 and 6. There is a six-way race for three seats on the Board of Trustees for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Also on the ballot in Northampton are contested races for Forbes Library Trustee, and for Elector Under the Will of Oliver Smith. View the elections results below:
Polling hours in Northampton were from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.