NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Incumbent Mayor David Narkewicz has succeeded in his bid for a third term as mayor of Northampton, defeating challenger John Riley.
Narkewicz was first elected to a two-year term as mayor of Northampton in 2011. The mayor was re-elected after running unopposed in 2013 to the city’s first four-year mayoral term.
Mayor David Narkewicz affirmed his commitment to the people of Northampton. Narkewicz coasted to a third term with 79 percent of the votes. 22News caught up with Narkewicz at City Hall, before his victory party at Fitzwilly’s.
“We’re going to be continue to be a leader in sustainability and addressing climate change,” Mayor Narkewicz told 22News. “We’re going to continue to be a leader in sustainable transportation. We’re going to continue focusing on making sure our city stay affordable for families, veterans and seniors.”
His challenger, Riley, painted himself as an outsider, campaigning on bringing transparency to city government. The voters went with the man they know.
Mayor Narkewicz told 22News, elections are like job interviews, except your interviewing in front of nearly 30,000 people.
The other contested races in Northampton on the ballot this year were for city clerk and for school committee in Ward 6.
Incumbent Pamela Powers has been re-elected to City Clerk, beating out challenger Robert Driscoll.
School Committee Ward 6
Incumbent Lonnie Kaufman has been re-elected to Ward 6 School Committee, beating out challenger Thomas Davidson.
VIDEO // Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and his challenger John Riley discussed issues important to voters in Northampton on 22News.