Though Mayor Thomas Koch and incumbent city councilors were returned to office in Tuesday's election, there will be some new faces on the City Council and School Committee.
About 35 percent of registered voters came out to cast their ballots at around the 30 polling stations in the city. The results rolled in around 8:15 p.m., showing Koch the winner for a third term (with 10,510 votes) against challenger Anne Mahoney (with 8,340 votes).
Mayoral spokesperson Christopher Walker said the mayor was thrilled with his reelection, which he saw as an affirmation of the work already done in the city.
“For an incumbent to win by that margin says something important about the direction we’re going,” Walker said. “The mayor fought for every single vote.”
Elsewhere, incumbents reigned over challengers – Joseph Finn (11,007), Michael McFarland (10,143), and Douglas Gutro (10,823) came in the victors of the councilor-At-large race. John Rodophele put up a fight with 5,250 votes, but fell short in the end.
This will be Gutro’s first time as an at-large councilor. Previously he served in the Ward 5 councilor position, and will fill the role vacated by current DPW Commissioner Daniel Raymondi.
“I’m very excited,” Gutro said. “It’s been a long year, but a rewarding one.”
Gutro said despite his continued role on the council, being an at-large councilor will be a different vantage point, and said he is committed to being a check and balance on the mayor.
Winners elsewhere cheered their continued tenure in town governemtn. Incumbent Kevin Coughlin (2,367), the current council president, won against challenger John Cain (702) for the Ward 3 position. After his victory, he said that winning was very gratifying.
“We’ve laid the groundwork for some important initiatives that will benefit the city as a whole – education, job creation, the downtown. I look forward to continuing that work,” Coughlin said in the moments after he won.
In addition, Brian McNamee (1,864) beat out Brian Radell (1,587) in a fairly close race for Ward 6.
Ward 1 Councilor Margaret Laforest and Ward 4 Councilor Brian Palmucci ran uncontested.
Despite the dominance of the incumbents, the council will have some newcomers in the next few months.
Brad Croall (1,428) won in a close race against Quincy Environmental Network spokesman Steven Perdios (1,372), and said the feeling was “indescribable”.
Looking forward, “there are so many issues, but the downtown is on the move,” Croall said. “Day one, I think it’s about increasing communication [with my constituents].”
Kristen Hughes (1,804) also won the Ward 5 seat, vacated by Gutro, against Neil McCole (1,288).
The School Committee race also saw some new names mixed in with incumbents.
Incumbent David McCarthy came in with the most votes at 10,101, and said that he is looking forward to his third, four-year term.
Having eight children himself, several with disabilities, has given him a renewed perspective in being in a public role with the schools, he said.
“Having kids in the school system gives you incentive to get involved,” he said.
McCarthy said the budget will present the next challenge, one he is looking forward to facing head on.
Paul Bregoli won a School Committee seat with 8,800 votes. His first time running for political office, Bregoli said he was exhausted, but exhilarated.
“I think I can bring a lot to the School Committee, that’s the message I put out there, [and it worked],” he said.
In addition, Kathryn Hubley won the third available seat with 7,212 votes, beating out James Davis (6,585) and Linda Perry (6,257).