Councilor Wayne Matewsky retained his ticket-topping ways in Tuesday’s (Sept. 17) Preliminary Election, taking the top spot by more than 30 votes, while candidate James Lavecchio was the lone candidate eliminated from the 11-person field.
Ten candidates in the at-large race now move on to the November City Election where they will compete for five seats.
Matewsky was very active on the campaign trail all day on Tuesday, appearing in several prominent areas and giving away trinkets as he visited with each and every voter coming by in Everett Square Tuesday morning.
It paid off as he collected 1,013 votes in the Preliminary, just ahead of Councilor John Hanlon, who scored 977 votes.
“It was a good night and I did well in every neighborhood in Everett,” said Matewsky this week. “Voters came out to support me on Preliminary Day and I hope they come out again on Nov. 5. I’m going to continue to run a positive campaign. There is a reason people vote for me. I actually return phone calls and do business at City Hall for the neighborhoods. I work hard to earn the vote of all of our residents year-round, and not just on Election Day.”
In essence, the incumbents ran the show in the field on Sept. 17, except for Councilor Peter Napolitano, who finished outside of the top five due to a surge by Candidate Gerly Adrien, who came in fifth.
In early results, Adrien was faring very well and was at the top of the pack at one point, but after the full results were in, Adrien took fifth place overall.
The results are as follows:
•Councilor Wayne Matewsky – 1,013
•Councilor John Hanlon – 977
•Council President Rich Dell Isola – 935
•Councilor Michael Marchese – 911
•Candidate Gerly Adrien – 900
•Councilor Peter Napolitano – 877
•Candidate Catherine Tomassi Hicks – 611
•Candidate Steve Simonelli – 564
•Candidate Renee Solano – 487
•Candidate Joseph Mathew LaMonica – 433
•Candidate James Lavecchio – 285