Donna Todd Rivers' victory upheld in Pittsfield race for Ward 5 councilor


PITTSFIELD — Donna Todd Rivers is officially the winner in the Ward 5 race for Pittsfield City Council.

Former city Councilor Richard Scapin gained one vote in a recount conducted Monday by the city Board of Registrars, but he still ended up losing to Rivers by 12 votes out of 1,474 votes cast.

City Clerk Linda M. Tyer said there were two counting teams, one total tally clerk and two block counting clerks during the recount at City Hall. Each candidate had observers, she said.

The Ward 5 ballots were counted into blocks of 50. No ballots were challenged during the recount, Tyer said.

She said the final results showed Rivers with 743 votes to 731 for Scapin.

Tyer said the vote that Scapin picked up likely was a ballot that the voting machine could not properly read, but was obvious in the hand recount.

This story will be updated.

— Jim Therrien


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