Farley-Bouvier Wins It!

Farley-Bouvier Wins It!

September 21, 2011

By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD — Tricia Farley- Bouvier has advanced to next month’s special election to fill the vacancy in the city’s 3rd Berkshire District state representative seat.

The former aide to Mayor James M. Ruberto received 1,430 votes to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating city Councilor Peter T. White, who received 1,234 votes, and law student Ryan Scago, who garnered 1,082 votes. City Clerk Linda M. Tyre reported that 4,190 votes were cast out of 24,614 registered voters — a 17 percent turnout.

Farley-Bouvier moves on to a four-way contest in October against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, and independent candidate Patricia “Pam” Malumphy. Jester qualified for the Oct. 18 ballot by getting 202 write-in votes in the Republican primary.

The winner of the special election will succeed Christopher Speranzo, who resigned as Pittsfield’s state representative July 13 to become the new clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.

The 3rd Berkshire District encompasses all but two of Pittsfield’s 14 precincts: Ward 1B and Ward 5B.

The 350- vote differential between the three Democrats was closer than expected for Farley-Bouvier, who felt she out-hustled her opponents for voter support.

“I knocked on every door and worked the phones [on Tuesday] to get out the vote,” she said.

Farley-Bouvier plans to expand on that campaign strategy leading up to the Oct. 18 special election.

“I will focus on the issues important to voters and have one-on-one conversations with them,” she said. “They like that.”

White praised Scago, the lesser known of the three candidates, for mounting a “heck of a campaign” that made for an outcome that was closer than he expected. He also urged his supporters to back Farley-Bouvier in next month’s runoff.

“She has the core values of working class families and will represent Pittsfield well in Boston,” he said.

Meanwhile, White told The Eagle he plans to mount a writein campaign in the November city election to keep his Ward 2 council seat. The one- term councilor will battle Kevin J. Morandi, whom he beat in the 2009 campaign. Morandi is the only Ward 2 candidate listed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

White said joining the Ward 2 race was not his “Plan B,” if he lost the primary.

“I’m not done serving the city of Pittsfield,” he proclaimed. “If the residents of Ward 2 will still have me, I want to give them the same level of service in my next term.”

Jester, the only declared Republican candidate in the 3rd Berkshire District contest, had to secure the GOP nomination by running as a write-in candidate in Tuesday’s primary. He received 202 votes to meet the 150 minimum required to qualify for the Oct. 18 ballot. The local real estate agent was unable to take out Republican nomination papers because he needed to be registered as a Republican by May 1, city election officials had said. Jester changed his party affiliation in June — short of the 90-day requirement before a state election.

Miller was unopposed in the Green-Rainbow party primary. As an independent candidate, Malumphy had qualified for next month’s ballot directly and bypassed any primary contest, according to state election officials.

Posted on 21 Sep 2011, 8:53 - Category: News

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