Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti was narrowly defeated in her bid for a third term, losing to School Committee member Bill Carpenter by 55 votes, or 7,035 to 6,980.
Balzotti, the city’s first female mayor, said she plans to seek a recount, observing, “I think I owe it to the people who worked so hard.”
“They ran a very negative campaign,” she said of her opponent’s camp, “and people are angry. They are angry at Washington, they’re angry at everyone. So I guess it was kind of an anti-incumbent mood out there and I think that swung the election.”
“We ran a positive campaign from beginning to end. That’s one of the reasons we prevailed,” Carpenter said, dismissing the mayor’s claim about his campaign.
“I’m ecstatic,” Carpenter said. “We ran a grass roots campaign – 90 percent of the people working on the campaign had never worked in a campaign in their lives. We ran the most diverse campaign this city has ever seen and knocked off a two-term incumbent. The people of the city voted for change – the margin doesn’t matter.”
It was one of the bigger upsets in the state on a day that saw voters head to the polls to elect mayors, city councilors, school committee members and other local officials in about 59 communities in addition to Boston.