Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Balzotti Wins Prelim Election, Faces Matta In Nov.

BROCKTON--Mayor Linda Balzotti will faceoff against Ron Matta in the Nov. 8 mayoral race and Janice Beyer will take on Anthony Donegan Jr. for the second time in as many elections in the Ward 3 school committee contest.
In voting yesterday, Balzotti topped the ticket with 1,649 votes, or 75 percent of the 2,208 votes cast. Matta placed second with 342 votes, or 15.5 percent and followed by Gwendolyn Garvin who collected 195 votes.
In what could be considered the only surprise of the night, Donegan topped the school committee ticket by capturing 242 votes, or 47 percent of the the 522 cast in the Ward 3 preliminary. Beyer, running for her 7th term, collected 185 votes, or 36 percent, and Joao Rosa, tallied 85 votes, or 16.5 percent.
Balzotti, Matta, Donegan and Beyer will join candidates in the general election Nov. 8.
Councilors-at-large Jass Stewart, Todd Petti, Robert Sullivan and Thomas Brophy face a challenge from Kate Archard, a vocal opponent of plans to build a natural gas power plant on the south side of Brockton.
Ward 3 City Councilor is facing a challenge by Gerald Conefrey, a retired school teacher.

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