O’Donnell, Morin win Northampton preliminary election amid light turnout

O'Donnell and Morin will face off in a Special Runoff Election August 4th.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The ballot is set for a special election in Northampton Next Month.

A preliminary election was held Thursday to the narrow the field of four candidates for At-Large City Councilor.

The two top vote-getters were Ryan O’Donnell with 1,444 votes, and Marlene Morin who garnered 307.  Andrew Smith and Blue Duval finished “out of the running” with 216 and 104 votes respectively.

O’Donnell and Morin will go against each other in a Special Runoff Election on August 4th.

O’Donnell is Already the City Councilor for Ward 3.  If he wins the At-Large seat in August, a Ward 3 contest will be added to the November ballot.

Northampton City Clerk Wendy Mazza told 22News if there are more than two candidates for the Ward, it would require another preliminary election.

Mazza said 2,090 of the city’s 20,423 registered voters cast ballots Thursday.  Voter turnout was about 10%.

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