Newton voters will head to the polls today to cast votes in the city's preliminary election, which will narrow the field of mayoral candidates from four to two, and knock out one of the three contestants for Ward 1 Ward Adlerman.
Mayor Setti Warren is running for reelection to a second term, championing key accomplishments over the last four years, which include settling contracts with all the city's unions and passing an $11.4 million override to repair crumbling infrastructure, build schools and hire more teachers and police officers.
Longtime alderman Ted Hess-Mahan is challenging Warren for the seat, and has criticized Warren for his failed Senate run in 2011 as well as his handling of affordable housing.
Candidate Tom Sheff, who has unsuccessfully run for several political offices including mayor in 2005, has argued that the city needs to cut costs without turning to overrides. Political newcomer and Jacqueline Gauvreau Sequeira, who has never held political office, has criticized the mayor on his handling of turmoil within the police department.
Campaign finance reports filed last week show Warren far ahead of his challengers in both fundraising and spending.
In the Ward 1 Alderman race, voters will knock out one of the three candidates: Alison M. Leary, Roger A. Marrocco, Jr., or Allan L. Ciccone.
The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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