New Bedford 2021 Election
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City Council at Large
Assessor at Large
Maria Giesta (unopposed)
Hugh Dunn (unopposed)
Derek Baptiste (unopposed)
Note: Candidate profiles were compiled from questionnaires emailed to all candidates for office. Those who did not return questionnaires were not included.
Jack Spillane sat down with the candidates — Fall River attorney Nick Bernier, Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and former Somerset Police Chief George McNeil — for a special 90-minute Zoom session of The Chat. Watch it here.
Baker, a moderate Republican with little demonstrated patience for the GOP’s Trump wing, praised Hodgson, who was the former president’s honorary campaign chair in 2020.
With Shane Burgo’s election, five of 11 city councilors in New Bedford are now persons of color. That’s something the city can take pride in. And it illustrates the changing nature of our city.
Late Thursday the House passed a plan that creates a minority-majority district in New Bedford but keeps three suburban legislators representing small parts of the city’s far North End.
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!”
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%.
There are so few candidates running for office in New Bedford this year that there will be no preliminary election in five of the city’s six wards.
The three New Bedford patrolmen had no good answers for why they did not ask Dunn where he was coming from that rainy Friday night; if he had been drinking; and how he crashed his Hyundai Genesis into both a Chevy truck and a Toyota SUV.
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.”
Amaral, who will not seek a third term, has been on the School Committee since he was little over a year out of UMass Dartmouth, where he was a political science major.
Taking a look at where a candidate lives in the city can provide a glimpse into who they are and what their personal interests are.
State police say an EMT and paramedic on the scene the night of the accidents described it as “obvious” that he had been drinking and that they smelled alcohol on his breath.
A month into the 2021 municipal election’s campaign filing period, the William Street political world is abuzz over a Ward 6 race that would normally be a low-key affair.
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