The results of Wednesday’s Democratic primary produced voter ticket-splitting that propelled Joe Ganim to victory but also made some of his ticket companions such as incumbent City Clerk Fleeta Hudson and Town Clerk Alma Maya casualties. Mayor Bill Finch’s running mates for city clerk and town clerk respectively Lydia Martinez and Don Clemons ran ahead of their counterparts, according to the moderator’s report. Martinez and Hudson are close enough for a recount.
The moderator’s report shows among 41,047 registered Democrats, 13,319 were checked as having voted, essentially a one-third turnout. To compare, the last two mayoral primary turnouts were in the low- and mid-20 percent range. In 2011 for instance, when Finch defeated Mary-Jane Foster in a mayoral primary, about 9,200 Dems voted. Most political operatives had pegged roughly 5,000 votes as enough to win on Wednesday. The turnout size surprised many considering the city’s recent anemic voter interest. This primary was passionate.
Ganim received 6,264 votes, Finch 5,857 and Foster 1,177. For city clerk it was Martinez 5,861, Hudson 5,846. For town clerk it was Clemons 6,030, Maya 5,632.
Board of Education results show Dennis Bradley and Ben Walker as victorious running on Ganim’s line, but a third member of Ganim’s school board slate Maria Pereira in a 5,609 tie with Faith Harrison-Villegas running on Finch’s line. A recount will take place. Pereira ran about 200 votes behind Bradley. Who cut the controversial Maria?
For city sheriff, the top three vote producers were Willie Murphy on Finch’s slate and Wesley Matthews and Steve Nelson running on Ganim’s ticket. Long-time sheriff, South End District Leader Mitch Robles, lost.
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Select higher precinct turnout numbers:
Black Rock School 49 percent
Hooker School, Upper East Side, 44 percent
Winthrop School, North End, 41 percent
Wilbur Cross, North End, 41 percent