Mayoral Races, Ballot Questions Draw Voters to Polls

NORTH OF BOSTON – By the end of the evening, 14 municipalities will select mayors, 5 communities will vote on municipal charter proposals, and a proposed temporary property tax increase in one community. In addition, scores of residents will be selected to serve on municipal councils, school committees, and other elected bodies.

In Everett, two-term Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. is hoping to be reelected to a third term ahead of Ward 1 City Councilor Peter Napolitano, a weaker challenger compared to DeMaria’s previous opponents. Residents will also vote on proposed changes to the city’s 119-year old charter.

In Malden, a 40% turnout is expected as residents prepare to elect a successor to the wildly popular Mayor Richard C. Howard. Howard has served in the post since 1996 and will move on to Winchester where he will serve as the new town manager.Ward 1 Councilor Gary Christenson and Councilor-at-Large Deborah Fallon are both vying for the position.

In Melrose, Mayor Robert J. Dolan is running unopposed.

In Revere, a healthy 50% turnout is expected where Councilors-at-Large Daniel Rizzo and George Rotondo are looking to succeed Mayor Thomas Ambrosino who has served in the post since 2000.

Voters in Saugus will decide whether or not to adopt a temporary tax-increase to fund the town’s portion of the Belmonte Middle School Renovation Project.

In Peabody, a 60% turnout is expected as Councilor-at-Large Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. takes on Mayor Bonfanti’s former chief of staff, Sean Fitzgerald. Bonfanti is retiring after serving as the city’s mayor for a decade.

In Beverly, more than 50% of voters are expected to visit the polls after an intense preliminary election.

Residents of Amesbury will vote on whether to adopt proposed changes to its city charter, officially declaring the Town of Amesbury as the City of Amesbury. While the 1996 charter established a city form of government, Amesbury’s official name continued to be the “Town of Amesbury”.

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