William Heck, the fourth-place finisher in Newton's preliminary election for mayor, is reentering the contest as a write-in candidate.
“Too many voters intend to sit out this election because they won’t vote for either mayoral candidate,” Heck said in a statement.
Heck said that the two mayoral candidates on the ballot – Setti Warren, former deputy state director for US Senator John Kerry, and state Representative Ruth Balser – lack “the character, ability and force of will” to bring the city’s finances under control.
Heck finished with 10.4 percent of the vote in the Sept. 15 preliminary election, well behind the front-runners. Balser led a field of five candidates with 36.2 percent of the vote. Warren came in second with 30.1 percent of voters.
Heck also badly trailed the rest of the field in fund-raising. City documents showed that he raised about $4,000, compared with more than $100,000 raised by both Balser and Warren.
Heck said he doesn't think he can realistically win the mayor’s race but is running so that his supporters would still turn out to vote in the city’s aldermanic and school committee races.
“I reckon if I can get a couple of thousand people to the polls it’ll make a difference,” Heck said.
Heck said he will post who he is voting for in the down-ballot races on his website the weekend before the election.
Heck is the only losing candidate from that election not to endorse either Balser or Warren. Alderman Ken Parker has backed Balser, while Alderman Paul Coletti has thrown his support behind Warren.
Heck entered the mayoral race in July, well after the other candidates.
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