Our Opinion: A second term for Linda Tyer

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Mayor Linda Tyer's reelection as mayor of Pittsfield constitutes both a vote of approval for her first term and a challenge for the second term ahead.

The mayor earned a narrow victory over challenger Melissa Mazzeo in a hotly contested campaign that brought to the fore all of the issues confronting Pittsfield. Mayor Tyer, after winning handily in her first run for mayor four years ago, finished behind Ms. Mazzeo in the primary before getting past her in the general election. Clearly, many in Pittsfield have concerns about where Pittsfield is headed and Ms. Mazzeo, who ran a vigorous campaign, was able to exploit those concerns to make it a race against the incumbent.

Ms. Mazzeo highlighted the crime issue, and while it resonated with many voters, a significant number are comfortable with the mayor's approach to a complex issue that afflicts many communities. The introduction of some new businesses in Pittsfield in recent months surely helped the mayor. Down the stretch, Mayor Tyer began to put across her administration's strengths better than she had at any previous point. Ideally, that improved communication will continue in her second term.

In North Adams, Mayor Thomas Bernard followed up a solid first-term by handily winning reelection Tuesday night.

The Pittsfield City Council will add three promising newcomers next session in at-large winner Yuki Cohen, Ward 5 victory Patrick Kavey and new Ward 6 councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi. Fresh ideas and perspectives are always welcome in Pittsfield.

Ms. Cohen, a Pittsfield businesswoman, won the at-large seat vacated by Ms. Mazzeo when she ran for mayor. Popular incumbent at-large City Councilors Peter Marchetti, Peter White and Earl Persip III were all easily reelected.

Two ward councilors facing contests were reelected, with Chris Connell winning decisively in Ward 4 and Helen Moon fending off a challenge from Kenneth Warren in Ward 1. Former Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio was returned by voters, and with Ward 2 Councilor Kenneth Morandi and Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo running unopposed, the City Council will have a good mix of veterans and new and relatively new faces next session.

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