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Mayoral preliminary election to be held Oct. 8

Three candidates vying for city’s top spot

By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer

Marlborough – Seeking his fifth term as Mayor this fall, Arthur Vigeant is facing two opponents, current city Police Officer David Garceau and small business owner Keith St. John.  The three will face off in a special mayoral preliminary election to be held on Tues., Oct. 8.

According to Wilson Chu, assistant city clerk, who is responsible for overseeing elections, when there are three or more candidates seeking the position, a preliminary election is held.  He stressed that this is not a primary or partisan election; the city is simply following election laws by holding a preliminary election. The two candidates who receive the most votes will go onto the biennial municipal election which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Chu noted 2015 was the last time a mayoral preliminary election was held with four candidates seeking the position that year. Approximately 2,300 registered voters (11 percent) participated in that election.

For the Nov. 5 election, voters will be casting ballots for ward councilors, four at-large councilors, School Committee and the city’s seat on the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Committee.

In late July and early June, City Council President Edward Clancy and Vice President Joseph Delano both announced they would not seek reelection.  All other incumbent councilors are seeking reelection according to Chu.

For information on polling hours and locations for both the preliminary and the biennial municipal election, visit Marlborough-ma.gov.

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