New Bedford 2021 Election

WHO RAN

Click names written in black to read that candidate’s profile.

Ward 1
Leo Choquette
William “Brad” Markey


Ward 2
Maria Giesta (unopposed)


Ward 3
Hugh Dunn (unopposed)


Ward 4
Derek Baptiste (unopposed)

Ward 5
Zach Boyer
Scott Lima


Ward 6
Joseph P. Lopes
Ryan Pereira


School Committee
Melissa Costa
Colleen Dawicki
Ross M. Grace Jr.

Note: Candidate profiles were compiled from questionnaires emailed to all candidates for office. Those who did not return questionnaires were not included. 

2021 New Bedford city election results

Voters in Ward 6 ousted the president of the City Council Tuesday, as Ryan Pereira, a newcomer to city politics, handily defeated six-term incumbent Councilor Joe Lopes. Turnout in the city’s first election without a mayor’s race on the ballot was a paltry 10.8%. In the other closely contested ward race, two-term incumbent Brad Markey…

Right-leaning voices ring out at New Bedford debate

You really would not have been surprised if former President Trump had made an appearance shouting, “Make New Bedford Great Again!” and candidates at the council table all started banging their fists and shouting, “Four more years!”

City councilor on OUI rap: ‘They have nothing on me’ 

Councilor Dunn was mostly dismissive of the charges filed against him. He cited it as “all politics,” and a “hit job.” He said the DA was “coming after me” and “trying to prove something.”

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