The 12-year incumbent mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts was victorious in Tuesday’s preliminary election.
In his quest for re-election to a new four-year term, Mayor Domenic Sarno won just under 77 percent of the vote. In November, he’ll face community organizer Yolanda Cancel who finished second in the preliminary voting.
In the only City Council ward race on the ballot, Malo Brown and Jynai McDonald topped a crowded field in Ward 4.
Less than 8 percent of the city’s more than 97,000 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, according to Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola-Lopez.
"As always, I am disappointed when we have a low voter turnout," said Oyola-Lopez.
In a bid to improve turnout, the City Council earlier this year had passed an election notification ordinance.
But, the Election Office lacked the funds needed to carry out the directives.