11 Cities In Mass. Hold Preliminary Elections Tuesday

Eleven cities across Massachusetts will hold preliminary elections Tuesday for positions like mayor or city councilor.

The cities with elections are Attleboro, Beverly, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Newburyport, North Adams and Taunton.

Top candidates in those races will move on to the general elections in November.

In Lawrence, acting Mayor Kendrys Vasquez will face former Mayor William Lantigua, in addition to three other candidates, for the mayoral seat.

Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan is seeking another term in a four-way race that includes Cliff Ponte, the city councilor president who served as acting mayor after convicted felon Jasiel Correia was pushed out of office.

North Adams will hold a historic election, with four women vying to become the city’s first female mayor.

Voters in Lowell will have a chance to vote for district-level city councilors for the first time. Lowell previously only had councilors elected by the entire city, but now, after a legal challenge, the city will elect councilors representing specific neighborhoods. Districts 2, 3, 4 and 7 in Lowell have races with three or more candidates, and any registered voter living in one of those four districts is eligible to vote in the preliminary election.

Boston, along with several other municipalities, held preliminary elections last Tuesday.

With reporting from WBUR's Simón Rios and the State House News Service