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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Jon Mitchell has won re-election as mayor of New Bedford, preliminary results show.

Mitchell defeated challenger Tyson Moultrie. He earned 72% of the 9,785 ballots cast compared to 26% earned by Moultrie. The turnout was a far cry from the near 14,100 ballots cast in 2017, and the lowest on record since at least 2009.

Mitchell, a former assistant U.S. attorney, was first elected in 2011 and is finishing his fourth term. Moultrie, who has worked in marketing, is a political newcomer.

Mitchell will be sworn in in January for a term that will last four years rather than two years, following a change in the city charter that doubled the length of a mayor’s tenure.

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