Light Turnout Expected In Preliminary Election For Holyoke Mayor

Sep 25, 2017

On Tuesday, voters in Holyoke, Massachusetts, will narrow the field of candidates for mayor.

The incumbent, Alex Morse, faces three challengers on the ballot: Jay Ferreira, a former city councilor; Michael Thomas Siciliano, a contractor; and Paul Bowes, who's run unsuccessfully in the past for city council and for mayor.

Because there are more than two candidates, the city must hold a preliminary election. The top two vote-getters will face off in November.

City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee expects that most voters will sit this one out.

"We're expecting about a 24 percent turnout," she said. "In November, we'll probably be about 45 to 50 percent, I would guess."

Morse leads the pack in terms of fundraising. He's pulled in almost $63,000 this year, while the three other candidates have raised less than $5,000 between them.