Preliminary election results come in for Woburn, Worcester and Lynn

Results are in for preliminary elections in Woburn, Worcester and Lynn. Voters took the polls Tuesday to decide which candidates will move forward to the final general elections in November.


In the closely watched Woburn mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Scott Galvin, currently in his seventh term, was on the ballot against 19-year-old Northeastern University student Omar Mohuddin and Michael Concannon, the Woburn city council president and former Massachusetts undersecretary of public safety.

The top two vote-getters, Concannon and Galvin, will advance to the November general election.


In Massachusetts' second-largest city, preliminary elections for four city council seats and a school committee spot were on the ballot. Two candidates advance to the general elections in each race.

In the city council races:

  • District 1: Jenny Pacillo and David Peterson will square off in November, edging out Larry Shetler.
  • District 2: Candy Mero-Carlson and Robert Bilotta will advance to the final election, beating out Philip Palmieri.
  • District 4: Luis Ojeda and Katia Norford won the preliminary, beating out Theodore (Ted) Kostas, Maureen Schwab and Maria Montano in the race.
  • District 5: Etel Haxhiaj and Jose Rivera took the top spots, advancing over Edson Montero.

It's the first year school committee members must run for a specific district within Worcester, instead of running for an at-large seat.

Candidates Nelly Medina and Kathleen Roy were the top vote-getters in the race for the newly-created District E seat, edging out John Patrick Reed.


The two winners in the preliminary city council races in Ward 1 and Ward 4 will move on to the general election.

In Ward 1, Peter Meaney and Jeffery Newhall beat out Todd Alan Bacon, Paul Gouthro, Jennifer Long and Michael Satterwhite to move on to the final election. In Ward 4, Natasha Megie-Maddrey and Donna Coppola will advance, knocking Chris Gomez out of the race for the council seat.

The rest of the candidates for Wards 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7, school committee candidates and councilor-at-large candidates will advance to the general election.

Upcoming elections

Preliminary elections in Boston, Haverhill, Newton, Peabody, Springfield and Waltham will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Another slate of preliminary elections for 13 additional Massachusetts towns will take place on Sept. 19.

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