On Tuesday night, however, the voters chose Rose to represent District 1 for at least the next two years.
It was a very tight race as Rose earned 2,575 (51%)votes compared to Moynihan’s 2,389 (48%).
“It feels good. I would like to think that I would be over the moon right now, but I really just feel relieved. It was a heck of a race. [Moynihan] fought a hard fought race. He’s a well respected guy in the district. We knew it was going to be a battle. We were lucky to get a few more votes than he did,” Rose told TWIW in an interview on Tuesday evening.
The District 1 seat, which is currently occupied by incumbent Tony Economou who is stepping down from the City Council to spend more time with his family, was subject to a four-way preliminary election that also included Bill Coleman and Gerardo Schiano in early September.
Rose, the executive director of the Justice Resource Institute in Connecticut, said, “We’re looking forward to celebrating with the family and not having any more campaigning and relaxing for a little bit.”
Rose ran on a campaign focused on public safety upgrades throughout the city, improvements to the city’s streets and sidewalks, and prioritizing city funding to Worcester public schools.
Moynihan, a small business owner in Worcester, ran on issues such as the city’s lack of an updated master plan, shrinking the city’s dual tax rate, and providing more services to the city’s small business owners.