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September 16, 2013

'Reasonable turnout' expected in Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT — Voters will go to the polls tomorrow and most will find few names from which to choose.

In four of the city’s six wards, the only decision will be who to choose for mayor: incumbent Donna Holaday, City Councilor Greg Earls or City Councilor Dick Sullivan Jr.

Still, City Clerk Richard Jones predicted the turnout could be 20 to 25 percent of the city’s 13,207 registered voters.

“There’s a lot of interest in the mayoral election,” Jones said. “Plus there are races in Ward 2 and Ward 4. We expect a reasonable turnout.”

The primary election is being waged to winnow the number of mayoral candidates to two and to cut down the number of ward candidates from three to two.

Running in Ward 2 are Paula Chambers, Jared Eigerman and Christopher Welch.

Candidates in Ward 4 are incumbent Tom Jones, Sean McDonald and Charles Tontar.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Though five individuals are running for three School Committee seats, that contest won’t be waged at this time. The general municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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