Election Results: Attleboro, Fall River mayors win new terms; more races being called

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The polls have closed and the results are coming in for local elections around Southern New England.

The most notable races were in Fall River and Attleboro, where their respective mayors won reelection. Incumbent Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan defeated City Council President Cliff Ponte, while incumbent Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux secured a victory over challenger Todd McGhee.

Both cities had the lowest voter turnout in the last three mayoral elections:

Fall River:
► 2017 turnout: 32%
► 2019 turnout: 33%
► 2021 turnout: 24%
View the unofficial results »

► 2017 turnout: 33%
► 2019 turnout: 28%
► 2021 turnout: 22%
View the unofficial results »

Providence: Democrat Sam Zurier will take over the Senate District 3 seat vacated by Gayle Goldin by defeating his GOP opponent Alex Cannon.

Portsmouth: Voters approved two ballot questions, one which allows the town to borrow up to $21.4 million for school construction and renovation projects, and the other saying the town can enter into a lease agreement to develop a new senior center and affordable housing for the elderly on the former Anne Hutchinson School property. See the results »

Pawtucket: Marlena Martins Stachowiak won the City Council District 6 primary. See the results »

New Bedford: Less than 11% of the city’s voters went to the polls to vote in the City Council elections. See the results »

Taunton: Mayor Shauna O’Connell ran unopposed, but there were also races for city posts like the school committee, planning board and municipal council. See the unofficial results »

Coogan and Ponte were the top two vote-getters in September’s preliminary election. Coogan is finishing his first term after ousting then-Mayor Jasiel Correia in 2019, while Ponte served as acting mayor for a time following Correia’s second arrest.

For the past couple of days, Coogan has been splitting time between campaigning and visiting his wife in the hospital. Judi St. Hilaire was in the ICU after she was hit by a car while on a bike ride in Mattapoisett, but Coogan said she insisted that he finish the race.

Heroux, a former state representative, won a third term in office in Attleboro. He’s previously stated that he intends for this to be his final term.

His opponent, McGhee, is a retired Massachusetts State Trooper and a newcomer to city politics.

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