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Pittsfield's Bianchi "Confident" Despite Prelim Defeat

Jim Levulis

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi says he’s “very confident” he will win the city’s first four-year mayoral term in November, even though city clerk Linda Tyer won Tuesday’s preliminary election with 55 percent of the vote. Bianchi, who is seeking a third term, finished second with about 39 percent of the vote to move on to the general election in six weeks. Candidates Donna Walto and Craig Gaetani were eliminated from the mayoral race. Pittsfield will have a four-year mayoral term instead of two years after a recent charter reform.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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