AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Superintendent of Schools Bill Sapelli has declared victory over City Council President Jimmy Cichetti in the race for mayor of Agawam.
Family, friends and supporters of Sapelli celebrated his victory Tuesday night at the Oak Ridge Country Club.
Sapelli was the Superintendent of the Agawam Public Schools for six years. He is a lifelong Agawam resident who raised two children in the city. Sapelli was congratulated by his proud mother.
We asked Sapelli what his priorities are as he heads into the mayors office.
“We have to bring unity to government in Agawam,” Sapelli told 22News. “We have to work together before we tackle any of the big issues that we have in Agawam and we need to get along.”
Sapelli had the highest votes in the preliminary election and on Tuesday night, he beat City Council President Jimmy Cichetti by a wide margin. 22News asked Cichetti how he intends on continuing to serve the community.
“This isn’t the finish line,” Cichetti told 22News. “This is actually the start. We had some change in the city. This is what we needed. I plan on being around and being here to help.”
Incumbent Mayor Richard Cohen announced he wouldn’t be seeking a ninth term in July.
There were also races for city council and school committee. Residents voted on a ballot question regarding how school committee members are replaced in the event of a death or resignation.
City Council At-Large
Incumbent City Councilors Robert Rossi, Anthony Suffriti, Cecilia Calabrese, Christopher Johnson, George Bitzas, Gina Lettellier, Joseph Mineo, Paul Cavallo, have been re-elected.
Robert Magovern, Dino Mercadante, and Rosemary Sandlin have been elected to their first terms on City Council.
Agawam School Committee
Incumbents Shelley Borgatti-Reed, Wendy Rua, Anthony Bonavita, and Camino Mineo, have been re-elected to the Agawam School Committee. Kerri O’ Connor and Tracy Wilkie have also been elected to Agawam School Committee.
Agawam residents voted “Yes” to the ballot question regarding how school committee members are replaced in the event of a death or resignation, changing the existing charter.
VIDEO // Mayoral candidates Bill Sapelli and Jimmy Cichetti discussed issues important to voters in Agawam on 22News.