NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Northampton will head to the polls on Thursday to elect a new city councilor.
Ryan O’Donnell and Marlene Morin are running against each other for the seat. This election is being held to fill the at-large seat vacated by Jesse Adams. Adams resigned in May after nine years in public office, saying that he wanted to focus on his law practice.
In a July primary election, O’Donnell received the most votes, and two other candidates were knocked out of the race.
O’Donnell is already the city councilor for Ward 3, and if he wins the at-large seat, a Ward 3 contest will be added to the November ballot. If there are more than two candidates, it would require another preliminary election.
City Clerk Wendy Mazza, told 22News that she hopes to have at least a 20% voter turnout, but because many people are away on vacation during the summer months, it may make it difficult to get big turnout numbers.
Only about 10% showed up for the preliminary election in July.
There are nine different polling centers around Northampton where residents can cast their votes for city councilor.
Polls will be opening in Northampton at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Thursday.