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Kos Beats Bissonnette, Again, In Chicopee Mayor's Race

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In a battle of political heavyweights, Richard Kos scored a knockout to win reelection to a second term as mayor of Chicopee,Massachusetts.

In a rematch from two years ago, this time it wasn’t even close, Kos defeated former mayor Michael Bissonnette by a more than two-one margin. 

Kos said he was deeply humbled. He thanked family, and longtime friends and said he looked forward to going back to work as mayor first thing in the morning.

" I think people always want a candidate that not only respects the office but that they can respect," said Kos.

Bissonnette conceded his battles with members of the police department, including the current police chief who has a defamation suit pending against the former mayor, cost him a lot of votes. He did not rule out another run someday.