On a stunningly gorgeous day, under a bright sun and with real warmth all around, 20% of this city’s registered voters came out to vote.
When all was said and done with balloting and all the votes were counted and tallied, the results turned out to be a potpourri of old and new.
Calvin Brown topped the ticket in the hotly contested at-large city council race, Leo Robinson finished second and Brian Hatleberg third with Robert Bishop finishing out of the money in fourth.
Brown and Robinson said they were pleased with their re-election. Hatleberg, who the Record spoke with during the afternoon on Election Day, said he was excited at the thought of going citywide. His excitement was well-founded.
Brown received 1,235 votes, Robinson, 1,069, Hatleberg 840 and Bishop – a former alderman, city clerk and procurement officer now retired – got 777.
His daughter Kathleen lost out to Paul Murphy in her bid to return to the council as the District 1.
Murphy 278 – Bishop 217.
Popular District 3 councillor Richard Maronski lost out to Matt Frank, who has served before and will be returning to the council.
Frank 212 – Maronski 172.
District 5 hopeful Joseph Perlatonda beat Henry Wilson, 75-67.
In District 6, Giovanni Recupero, a retired postal service worker from Essex Street beat out longtime local politico Jimmy Dwyer, 114-77.
Recupero will take over in January for Marilyn Vega-Torres.
His victory marks the emergence of the Recupero Family as a small force in the waterfront district.
Mr. Recupero was ebullient at a post celebration held at his Essex Street home Tuesday night.
“I am looking forward to representing the people. That’s what my candidacy was all about,” he told the Chelsea Record surrounded by his family.
Councillor Dan Cortell beat John O’Brien 285-171 to get himself re-elected to the Admiral’s Hill District 8 seat.
This was a campaign which pitted Cortell, the Admiral’s Hill lawyer and councillor against O’Brien the former councillor and retired court officer.
Cortell’s organization and district wide strength was too much for O’Brien and his forces.
The School Committee races, frankly, were shocking, at least those with districts without candidates of which there were three.
So everyone running was returned to the School Committee.