Boston had its turn last week. This Tuesday, several other Massachusetts cities and towns will whittle down their respective lists of officeholder hopefuls.
Preliminary elections are scheduled in a baker's dozen of communities: Amesbury, Brockton, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Gloucester, Lawrence, Melrose, Newburyport, Pittsfield, Revere, Salem and Westfield. Finalists in these contests will meet again in November's general election.
Voters in Brockton have a chance to shake up city leadership, thanks to several incumbents' decisions not to seek re-election, according to The Brockton Enterprise. Incumbent Mayor Robert Sullivan is running in a crowded field against Fred Fontaine, Hamilton Rodrigues, John Williams and Richard Wayne Ripley.
Fall River's school committee races are already set for November, but voters have some choices to make for the mayor's race and city council, according to The Herald News. Of note, incumbent Mayor Paul Coogan, who took the reins in the wake of scandal-plagued Jasiel Correia's ouster and prison sentence, squares off against the man who preceded Correia in the corner office, Sam Sutter. Previous mayoral candidate Michael Vandal is a third familiar face in the contest.
In Pittsfield and Revere, open mayoral races are animating the preliminary elections.
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is leaving after two terms, and three suitors are fighting to catch the voters' fancy, according to New England Public Media. City Council President Peter Marchetti, At-Large Councilor Karen Kalinowsky and former Councilor John Krol are all jostling for the two slots in the November general election.
Things are a little more complicated — and a little more crowded — in Revere, where Mayor Brian Arrigo left office to join Gov. Maura Healey's administration as Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner. In his place, City Council President Patrick Keefe took the reins as acting mayor. Keefe wants a shot at a full term, but faces significant challenges to get there from former Mayor Dan Rizzo and City Councilors Stephen Morabito and Gerry Visconti.