By Joan F. Simoneau, Contributing Reporter
Marlborough – The two winning mayoral candidates in the Oct. 4 primary election were veteran politician Arthur Vigeant with 1188 votes, and newcomer Matthew Jones, who received 1031 votes. They are seeking to replace incumbent Nancy Stevens who has chosen not to run for re-election. Eliminated from the competition was Jim Mosso who received 78 votes.
Mosso said he would be supporting Jones in the final City Municipal election on November 1. Jones, 42, a local attorney and former school teacher, made an impressive showing in four precincts where he placed first – Ward 2, both precincts; Ward 5, Precinct 1; and Ward 6, Precinct 1. Vigeant, 54, a certified public accountant and a city councilor for the past 18 years (as well as the current council president), won the remaining 10 wards.
Of the 20,364 registered voters in the city, only 11.37 percent voted, according to City Clerk Lisa Thomas. There were 151 applicants for absentee ballots and 124 of those did cast a vote in the election.