Pittsfield mayoral race down to Mazzeo vs. Tyer; preliminary election also narrows council races

Berkshire Eagle: Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo and incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer will go head-to-head in the city's mayoral race after a close preliminary election on Tuesday.

The election bumped Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves and retired police officer Karen Kalinowsky from contention.

Competitions for wards 5 and 6 seats on City Council also winnowed to two — newcomer Patrick Kavey and former councilor Jonathan Lothrop will now vie in Ward 5, and in Ward 6 the last two candidates standing are Dina Guiel Lampiasi, who works as operations chief for the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, and former councilor Joseph Nichols.

Victors head to the general election Nov. 5.

In the mayor's race, Mazzeo was the top vote-getter by 289 votes; Mazzeo received 2,860 votes and Tyer received 2,571 votes. Graves garnered 343 votes, while Kalinowsky earned 281. The tallies are unofficial counts from City Hall.

Shortly after the early totals swung her way, Mazzeo told The Eagle she felt vindicated by the showing.

"We've been listening to the people and trying to vote with them in mind," she said. "And that's what the people wanted."
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Matthew Moses