Mayor Carlo DeMaria cruised to an easy re-election victory Tuesday, November 5, in unofficial balloting as approximately 62-percent of Everett voters citywide voted for DeMaria, not only handing the popular incumbent an important victory, but giving him the first four-year Mayoral term in Everett’s history.
The vote count was 4,559 votes for DeMaria to 2,725 votes for Ward 5 Alderman Robert J. Van Campen, who despite tightening the Mayoral race in the last few weeks of the campaign, was not able to make up the deficit that showed in the September primary, when DeMaria got 59-percent of the vote to just 30-percent for Van Campen.
Tuesday’s election drew voters to the polls, or roughly 35-percent of the city’s 19,100 registered voters.
Tighter races were expected in the at-large and ward council races, where nearly all of the newly created Council seats were contested, except in Ward 3, where veteran Alderman Michael Marchese ran unopposed for the ward seat and drew votes citywide.
DeMaria undoubtedly benefitted from what has largely been seen by voters as a stable and improving financial situation in the city of Everett and by his efforts to attract a first-class casino resort proposal to the Everett waterfront.
The proposed Wynn Resort and Casino on lower Broadway has not yet been awarded an expanded gaming license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, but just the fact that Everett is even in the conversation is a credit to the Mayor’s efforts to attract a casino developer to the city.
Following the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, DeMaria expressed his gratitude to Everett voters and looked forward to the next four years in the city.