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Four new Cambridge City Councilors elected, Ken Reeves out

Posted by Brock Parker  November 5, 2013 11:58 PM

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Four newcomers have won seats on the Cambridge City Council, ousting longtime city councilor Kenneth Reeves and one-term incumbent Minka vanBeuzekom in a race with 25 candidates, according to preliminary results.

Newcomers Dennis Benzan, Dennis Carlone, Marc McGovern and Nadeem Mazen were each elected to the council, according to preliminary and unofficial results from the city.

Benzan will be the first Latino to be elected to a seat on the Council. Benzan won 1,258 number one votes out of a total of 17,128 votes.

Incumbents Leland Cheung, Tim Toomey, David Maher, E. Denise Simmons and Craig Kelley were re-elected to the council, according to preliminary and unofficial results.
Additional auxiliary ballots will be counted Wednesday, and official election results won’t be available until Nov. 15.

Reeves has served on the council since 1990 and in that time served as the city’s mayor, which is chosen by the council, for three terms. He was the first openly gay mayor in Massachusetts and the state’s first African-American mayor. He received 899 number one votes in the city’s proportional voting system, the 10th highest total in the race for nine council seats.

Cheung received the most number one votes with 2,317, followed by Toomey with 1,417, Maher with 1,387, Benzan with 1,258, McGovern with 1,151, Simmons with 1,143, Carlone with 1,019 and Mazen with 946.

In the race for six School Committee seats, the winners were Patricia Nolan, Alfred Fantini, Richard Harding, Kathleen Kelly, Fran Cronin and Mervan Osborne were elected based on unofficial results from the city.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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