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Mayors in Lynn, Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport re-elected

Posted by Your Town  November 5, 2013 10:19 PM

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Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy sailed to a second four-year term, defeating councilor at large Timothy Phelan by 9,258 votes to 6,403.

Kennedy made headlines four years ago as Lynn’s first woman elected as mayor. She and Phelan, a councilor at large, both have been strong city-wide vote getters, but Kennedy appeared to have the edge after outpolling Phelan by a wide margin in a no-elimination preliminary.

In Amesbury, four-term Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer, III lost his bid for reelection by eight votes, or 2,088 to 2,080, according to figures from the mayor. Kezer said he planned to seek a recount.

Across the state, voters headed to the polls to elect mayors, city councilors, school committee members and other local officials in about 59 communities in addition to Boston.

In Beverly, former state representative Michael P. Cahill defeated City Councilor D. Wesley Slate, Jr. to succeed retiring longtime Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. Cahill, a former city council president, had 5,752 votes to 4,563 for Slate, who had Scanlon’s endorsement.

Mayors Donna D. Holaday of Newburyport, Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, Kimberley Driscoll of Salem, and Stephen N. Zanni of Methuen, all won handily to earn new terms.

In Gloucester, Kirk garnered 4,724 votes to 2,979 for Mac Bell, a former city councilor. The totals of a write-in candidate, Joseph Palmisano, were unavailable, but 400 write-in votes overall were cast.

Driscoll coasted to a fourth four-year term in Salem, picking up 4,996 votes to 1,093 for Cedric Ashley, a political newcomer.

In Newburyport, Holaday picked up 3,384 votes to 2,796 for city councilor Richard E. Sullivan Jr., in her bid for a third term. Sullivan, whom Holaday narrowly outpolled in a three-way preliminary, is son of the late mayor Richard E. Sullivan and brother of Christopher Sullivan, a former city councilor and interim mayor.

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