WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A city councilor’s decision to seek re-election to his current seat has eliminated the need for a preliminary election in the city of Westfield next month. Councilor at-large David Flaherty had been seeking election to the council’s Ward 6 seat, but has withdrawn from that race in order to seek another term as an at-large councilor.
In a letter sent to City Clerk Karen Fanion (which Flaherty forwarded to 22News), Flaherty wrote that he decided to run for the Ward 6 seat due to incumbent Councilor Christopher Crean’s decision not to seek re-election. Flaherty wrote that he did not want to see someone elected unopposed, or to have a write-in candidate win, but now that there are two other candidates running for the seat, he is “comfortable that the voters of Ward 6 will choose the best candidate to represent them.”
Flaherty said that he is mindful of the city budget, and noted that the three-way race for Ward 6 was the only race in the city that would have required a preliminary election. He is, therefore, joining the at-large race in order to spare Westfield the cost of the election.
Ward 6 is located in the northeastern corner of the city of Westfield.