The outstanding performance by Peter Marchetti and the departure of Churchill Cotton were perhaps the most significant takeaways from the Pittsfield City Council election results Tuesday.

A former city councilor who was narrowly defeated in a campaign for mayor four years ago, Mr. Marchetti was not only the top vote-getter in the at large race he was the top vote-getter in the city with 7,229 votes. This is a solid endorsement of a city councilor who has embraced progressive causes while working with other councilors to move forward constructively.

Should he choose, the vote puts Mr. Marchetti in a position to run for the Council presidency held by Melissa Mazzeo, who finished second, just ahead of third place finisher Kathleen Amuso. Ms. Amuso is also a potential candidate for the top spot.

Health problems prevented Mr. Cotton from campaigning for an at large spot as aggressively as his opponents, and his reasoned manner and advocacy of the disenfranchised will be missed. Happily, Peter White, who took the fourth at large spot, is, based on his track record, a likely advocate for the same causes.

On balance, voters elected a City Council poised to join Mayor-elect Linda Tyer in restoring a positive, ambitious approach to city government.