NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell announced Thursday he will seek re-election this fall, aiming to win a fifth term that would be twice as long as his previous ones.
Mitchell, a 50-year-old Democrat, made the announcement in a Facebook video posted on his campaign page. “The city has made tremendous progress,” he declared, citing work on the port, economic development, schools and fighting the opioid epidemic.
“I believe that together we need to see our work through,” he said.
A spokesperson said Mitchell is one of seven potential candidates who have pulled papers to run for mayor. They must submit their papers by Aug. 16 to qualify.
The others are Iean Morgan, John A. Oliveira, David Pimentel, Jose Perez, Michael Medeiros and Richard Tyson Moultrie. Of those six, only Medeiros has returned his papers so far.
Mitchell has led Southeastern New England’s second-largest city since 2011. If he wins in November, he would become the first mayor to serve a four-year term, following a change to the city charter.
New Bedford is scheduled to hold a preliminary municipal election Oct. 1, with the top two candidates moving on to the general election Nov. 5.
Ted Nesi (firstname.lastname@example.org) is WPRI 12’s politics and business editor and a Target 12 investigative reporter. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook