Tuesday October 18, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Tricia Farley-Bouvier is headed to the Statehouse.
City voters have elected the Democratic nominee as the new state representative from the 3rd Berkshire District during Tuesday's special election to fill the vacant seat.
Farley-Bouvier, who garnered 1,940 votes, edged out Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, who notched 1,748 votes in the four-way race. Independent candidate Pam Malumphy was third with 1,325 votes, and Republican Mark Jester came in last with 899 votes.
A total of 5,922 ballots were cast out of 24,791 registered voters -- a 24 percent voter turnout, according to City Clerk Linda M. Tyer.
All but two of Pittsfield's 14 precincts -- Ward 1B and Ward 5 B -- make up the state legislative district. Christopher Speranzo left the position in July to become the clerk magistrate in the Central Berkshire District Court.
Supporters speak during the special election for the 3rd Berkshire District seat in the State House of Representatives.