The field for the November municipal election in Waltham has narrowed this week as 6,429 out of 34,232 registered voters–or 19 percent–cast their ballot by the close of the polls in the city’s preliminary election on Tuesday.
Councillor-at-Large Diane LeBlanc will face off against incumbent Mayor Jeannette McCarthy in November.
McCarthy has been in the role for 16 years and she received 3,977 votes on Tuesday.
LeBlanc received 2,050 votes and Melissa Downes received 344 votes. There 26 write-ins and 32 blank votes in the mayor’s race.
If McCarthy wins in November, she will be one of the longest serving mayors of Waltham.
Ward Councillor Seats
Anthony LaFauci and Lizzie Gelles garnered the most votes for the position of Ward 1 Councillor. LaFauci had a strong lead in the polls—by over 200 votes—receiving 556 votes in total.
Gelles had 348 votes, just ahead of David Gately by just 11 votes. Gately received a total of 337 of the votes cast.
A total of 1,279 votes were tallied in Ward 1 including six write-ins and 32 blank votes.
In Ward 2, Bill Hanley had 481 votes followed by Caren Dunn at 311 and Heather May at 152 in total. The race included 966 total votes cast which comprised of one write-in vote and 21 blank votes.
Incumbent Ward 9 Councillor and Vice President of City Council Robert Logan received 229 votes, ahead of Jonathan Paz at 179. Forty-seven votes separated Paz and Donald Desrochers who had a total of 132 votes.
In Ward 9 there were 554 votes cast including two write-in votes and 12 blank votes.
Waltham’s municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.