PITTSFIELD -- A City Council incumbent and a veteran candidate in his third city election garnered the most votes Tuesday in preliminary contests to determine the finalists for Ward 1 and Ward 3 council seats.
In Ward 1, Councilor Christine Yon received 369 votes to Lisa Tully's 233. Tammy Ives received 21. Tully and Yon will now face off for the council post in the Nov. 5 election.
There was no incumbent in Ward 3, where Paul Capitanio did not seek re-election. On Tuesday, Nicholas Caccamo garnered 456 votes and Richard Latura received 79 for second place in a four-way contest. The top two finishers will meet on the November ballot.
Caccamo and Latura defeated Jeffrey Germann, with 54 votes, and Thomas Wells Jr., with 52, to move on.
City Clerk Linda Tyer said total voter turnout in the two wards was 15.1 percent, above the 10 percent she earlier said was indicated based on the number of absentee ballots.
"I was pleasantly surprised," said Tyer. "That was more than anticipated."
"I'm very happy," Caccamo said. "There was a lot of hard work by a lot of good people."
He said intends to "keep working hard, keep knocking on doors and being visible" until Nov. 5. "I'm excited, and I look forward to the next six weeks," Caccamo said.
"I look forward to the next month and a half," Latura said. He said he is happy to the be on the ballot and hopes to gain votes with the higher turnout expected in November.
Latura said he intends to meet with Germann and Wells to discuss gaining their support, adding, "We have got to get some change. Not the same cookie-cutter type of politician."
"I'm very thankful," Yon said. "I'm thankful for those who came out and colored in that oval next to my name. That tells me they appreciate the hard work I've put in being a ward councilor."
Yon said she has heard the job is a thankless one but disagrees. "It's not when they tell you what they think with their votes," she said.
Tully expressed her excitement right after the votes were counted in Ward 1: "Right now, my heart is pumping," she said.
The candidate said she was "thrilled to have about 40 percent of the vote as a first-time candidate."
Tully said of campaigning door-to-door, "It's something I found more rewarding than anything," adding that she hopes to remain involved in political life no matter the outcome of the election.
Right now, she said, "between now and Nov. 5, we have more work to do," and she intends to continue knocking on doors in Ward 3.
Tyer said Yon received 59 percent of the Ward 1 vote, Tully 37 percent and Ives 3 percent. There were 623 total votes.
In Ward 3, Caccamo received 71 percent of the vote, Latura 12 percent, Germann 8.
Percentages are rounded off to the nearest figure.
There are 8,376 eligible voters in the two wards, which were the only ones voting Tuesday.
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The winners are ...
The top two finishers in the Ward 1 & 3 races during Tuesday's preliminary election in Pittsfield advance to the city's general election Nov. 5.
Nicholas Caccamo 456
Richard Latura 79
Jeffrey Germann 54
Thomas Wells Jr. 52
Christine Yon * 369
Lisa Tully 233
Tammy Ives 21