NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton residents will be voting in a preliminary election for a new at-large city councilor this week. The race is to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of City Council Vice President Jesse Adams.

The preliminary election is taking place Thursday, July 7. Polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Four candidates will be on the ballot: Andrew Smith, Marlene Morin, Blue Duval, and Ryan O’Donnell. Thursday’s vote will narrow the field of candidates down from four to two.

It is estimated to cost between $15,000 and $20,000 for the workers and ballots needed for the election.

“I think people just need to get out and vote, I mean it’s at the local level. The councilors make their day-to-day daily decisions for them, so it is important to get out and vote,” Northampton City Clerk Wendy Mazza said.

The special election will be August 4.

O’Donnell is already a city councilor for Ward 3, so if he were to leave his current seat, another election would need to be held to fill that position. Such a special election could be held in conjunction with the general election in November.Click here for information on polling locations for Thursday’s vote, and to look at a sample ballot.