HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in three western Massachusetts cities went to the polls Tuesday to narrow down the number of candidates running in the November municipal elections. Voters in the Franklin County town of Montague, meanwhile, it was a tight race as voters elected a new member of their Selectboard on Tuesday.
In Holyoke, there were seven candidates running for mayor. Tuesday’s election reduced that larger field of candidates down to two.
Holyoke will be seeing a change in leadership regardless of the result of this year’s election. Longtime Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse left office in the spring in order to become town administrator in Provincetown, and Acting Mayor Terence Murphy has declined to run for a term of his own. The seven candidates on Tuesday’s ballot are: School Committee Member Devin Sheehan, City Councilor At-Large Rebecca Lisi, educator Gloria Caballero Roca, City Councilor At-Large Michael Sullivan, businessman Christopher Kosinski, former mayoral aide Billy Glidden, and Blandford Town Administrator Joshua Garcia.
There were no other preliminary races being held in Holyoke Tuesday. The polls opened from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
There were two polling location changes in the city: residents of Ward 3 Precinct A, who formerly voted at the Elmwood Fire Station, now vote at the Metcalf School. Residents of Ward 1 Precinct B, who used to vote at Prospect Heights, now vote in the basement level of City Hall.
There were two preliminary races in Chicopee, one that was citywide, and one that only affected residents of Ward 5, which is in Chicopee Falls.
Voters narrowed a three-candidate field down to two for an at-large seat on the School Committee (two-year term). The candidates running were Susan Ann Szetela Lopes, Stephen Nembirkow, and Donald Vadnais.
The top two candidates running for City Council in Ward 5 will advance to November following Tuesday’s preliminary. The three on Tuesday’s ballot were incumbent Councilor Frederick Krampits, and challengers John Kivel and Alissia Heath.
The polls in Chicopee opened from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
North Adams held a preliminary election for mayor, where four candidates were vying to replace outgoing Mayor Tom Bernard. Those candidates were Aprilyn Carsno, Lynette Bond, Rachel Branch, and Jennifer Macksey.
Polls in North Adams opened from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Montague had a special election for a seat on the Selectboard for Tuesday. There were four candidates running for the single seat: Matthew Lord, Joanna Mae Boody, Mark Fairbrother, and David Jensen.
Polls in Montague opened from Noon to 7:00 P.M.