Scott Lima and Zach Boyer.
City Councilor Scott Lima (left) will face Zach Boyer in the Nov. 2 election.

NEW BEDFORD — Two-term incumbent Scott Lima overwhelmed two other candidates in the Ward 5 City Council race — the city’s only preliminary election on Tuesday.

Lima, chairman of the council’s Environmental Affairs and Audit committees, garnered more than twice the vote of his two opponents combined, with 69.03% of the ballots in the low-turnout election. He is a real estate agent with RE/MAX Vantage by trade.

Ward 5 preliminary election results. Source: New Bedford Election Commission


Percent of the ward’s 10,770 registered voters who cast a ballot Tuesday

Just 6.58% of the ward’s 10,770 voters turned out.

Zachary Boyer, a director in training as an aging planner for Coastline Elderly Services, finished second with 16.47% of the vote. He will face off against Lima in the final election on Nov. 2.

The third candidate in the race, Raena Camacho, a community engagement and mobilization coordinator for North Star Learning, finished third with 13.92% of the vote.

Lima had been endorsed by Local 841 of the International Association of Firefighters, the union that represents the city firefighters.

Boyer had been endorsed by the Coalition for Social Justice, the Coalition to Save Our Schools and the Greater Southeastern Labor Council.

Camacho had been backed by community activist Erik Andrade.

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