WESTFIELD – State Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr. and Police Capt. Michael A. McCabe are the city’s candidates for mayor.
Both candidates advanced to the Nov. 5 election after defeating Kristen L. Mello and Andrew Mullen in the preliminary Tuesday.
Humason received 1,793 votes while McCabe received 1,689. Mello had 396 votes while Mullen received 29.
McCabe said he was pleased with the results.
“Team McCabe is thrilled,” said McCabe from City Hall Tuesday. “We will be working hard toward November. I thank Kristen Mello and Andrew Mullen for their efforts and wish them luck.”
Humason also expressed his thanks.
“I thank the people who ran and the voters – this process can’t work without people who run for office and people who vote,” he said.
Humason said he is “really happy,” but now the work begins.
“I’ve been here before,” he said. “I’ve been through many elections and this is a great starting point for Nov. 5. I’m ready to go and very grateful.”
Humason said no matter who is elected mayor, they will lead a “great city.”
Mullen said it will be a tough race.
“I believe the results show that we are in for a down to the wire race in November,” he said. “Both Don and Mike would make excellent choices for mayor and I look forward to helping them in any way I can. I also look forward to someday serving the people of Westfield. I would also say congratulations and a huge thanks to Kristen for all the help she gave me. I look forward to 2021.”
Mello said she believes voters are being heard.
“The fact that such a significant number of the Preliminary Election voters chose to ‘Vote Water’ sends a strong message from the residents to the remaining mayoral candidates and those running for City Council in November, myself included,” said Mello.
City Clerk Karen Fanion said 3,383 voters, or 15 percent of the city’s 24,731 registered voters turned out Tuesday, which is “typical for a preliminary.”