Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and former city councilor Amy Mah Sangiolo won the Newton preliminary mayoral election Tuesday, securing a place for their names on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election
Fuller received 5,926 votes, which is 54.7 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results from the city. Fuller is seeking a second term, after her election as the first female mayor of Newton in 2017.
“I’m honored by tonight’s result and the strong support our work received across Newton,” Fuller wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “We won 7 of Newton’s 8 wards. I’m happy to report that, as the top vote getter, we advanced to the General Election by a margin of more than 15% over our closest competitor.”
Sangiolo surpassed Fuller in Ward 4 by 425 votes. Sangiolo served as the city councilor at-large in this ward from 1997 until 2017. In Ward 3, Fuller received four more votes than Sangiolo.
Sangiolo received 4,247 votes, or 39.2 percent of the votes. Sangiolo also ran in 2017, placing third in the 2017 primary election behind Fuller and Scott Lennon.
“It’s official! We’re moving on to the general!” Sangiolo wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “Thank you to all of our many supporters who turned out to vote today! We’re excited that 39% of Newton voters chose the candidate that will listen to all Newtonians and put the community first!”
The third candidate, Albert R. Cecchilini, will not be on the ballot in the Nov. 2 election. He received a total of 661 votes, or 6.1 percent of the votes. The attorney, who also ran in the 2017 mayoral race, was the sole Republican candidate.
There were a total of 10,834 votes cast in this election, which is 17 percent of registered voters in Newton. Voting for the preliminary election took place on Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The elections for Newton mayor, 24 members of the city council, and eight members of the school committee will be held on Nov. 2.
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