SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Springfield’s Ward 5 went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new city councilor.

Voters chose mayoral aide Lavar Click-Bruce over former labor organizer Ed Collins in the special election. The two candidates were the top vote-getters in a seven-way preliminary election in August.

Ward 5 Special Election Results:

  • Lavar Click-Bruce – 653 votes
  • Ed Collins – 609 votes

The council seat representing Ward 5, which includes portions of the Pine Point, Sixteen Acres, and Upper Hill neighborhoods, was vacated by former City Council President Marcus Williams, who resigned in June.

22News stopped by one of the polling centers, the Greenleaf Community Center, to ask voters why they wanted to make their voices heard.

“Well there’s a lot of issues going on and I’m sick and tired of everybody complaining about this and that but they’re not going out to vote. The vote is what changes things,” said Ronald Wilson of Springfield.

Former Ward 5 Representative Clodo Concepcion told 22News, “because if we don’t, we’re going to lose our democracy.”

Although the number of people heading to polls in person today has been low, many people did cast votes ahead of time via mail-in voting. A total of 1,265 votes were counted in the election, along with 3 blank votes. Of the 14,879 registered voters in Ward 5, only 1,268 voted.