Election is Cemented, Primary to be Sept. 22


Eight candidates have been certified for the ballot this week in the Council at-Large race, officially triggering a Primary Election in at-Large for the first time since 2003.

City Clerk Debbie Clayman confirmed that all eight candidates had been certified over the past week, and that a Sept. 22 Primary Election would take place.

Council President Leo Robinson has called a Special Meeting of the Council on Aug. 31 to approve the warrant for a Primary Election, setting the process in place.

Candidates for the three at large seats – with one vacancy due to the retirement of Councillor Brian Hatleberg – include:

  • Calvin Brown (incumbent)
  • Leo Robinson (incumbent)
  • Damali Vidot
  • Todd Taylor
  • John Cadiz
  • Roy Avellaneda
  • Deborah Washington
  • James O’Regan Jr.

Already, a Primary Election in District 5 had already been a certainty and will also take place on Sept. 22. The three candidates in that race are:

  • Joe Perlatonda (incumbent)
  • Henry Wilson
  • Judith Garcia

Several other District Council seats are contested and several School Committee seats are also contested, but those elections will not take place until the November City Election.

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