north adams mayor race 2013

Newcomers now outnumber the incumbents on the city council in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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2013 was a busy year in local politics in the Berkshires, but many key leaders are remaining in place come the new year.

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts have elected Richard Alcombright to a third two-year term as mayor. But, the political tug of war isn’t lightening up.

During his victory speech, Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright said unity is the most important political issue in the city. But he then referenced John Barrett, who served as mayor for 26 years before being defeated by Alcombright in 2009.

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Voters in North Adams have elected Democrat Richard Alcombright to a third term as mayor.

Receiving 59 percent of the vote, Mayor Alcombright will remain in office for another two-year term.

“It’s just more of the same,” Alcombright said. “Keeping my feet to the fire. More economic development, more expansion, more business. Whatever we can do to grow this community.”

Republican challenger Robert Moulton Jr., a former city councilor, received 41 percent of the vote. With roughly 3,600 people voting, he points toward voter apathy as a reason for his defeat.

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts head to the polls today to determine who will be the city’s mayor for the next two years.

Through a couple of debates, crime and economic development have become the two main topics in the race. Two-term Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright is facing Republican challenger Robert Moulton Jr., a former city councilor, in the city’s mayoral race. Moulton has attacked Alcombright bringing attention to an uptick in area crime since April.

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Candidates for mayor in North Adams, Massachusetts faced off in a debate Wednesday night.

Two-term Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright and Republican challenger Robert Moulton laid out their plans for the city, focusing on crime and economic development. Moulton, a former city councilor, says people in North Adams don’t feel safe anymore and that safety had been a big draw for the area.