WORCESTER – Matt Wally held off opponent Paul Franco in the race for District 5 City Councilor. 

“This is a huge win,” Wally told his supporters at Zorba’s Restaurant on Tuesday night. “We ran a positive campaign. You cannot underestimate the intelligence of the voters in District 5.”

Wally earned 2,695 votes (58%) compared to Franco’s 1,917 (41%).

“Over the last eight months it was good to see my message resonated with the voters,” Wally said.

Matt Wally (left) and Paul Frano (right)/Photos: Matt Wright

The seat for District 5 was left open when District 5 City Councilor Gary Rosen decided to run for an City Councilor-at-Large.  Rosen earned an at-Large seat and will continue to serve on the City Council.

During his campaign, Wally focused on infrastructure improvements to Worcester’s streets and sidewalks, and a default speed limit throughout the city.  He talked about fiscal responsibility when it came to the construction of the new Doherty and South High Schools.

“I want to thank the voters for recognizing my hard work. I look forward to catching up on the issues currently being debated and hit the ground running come January,” Wally said.

Franco also campaigned on the construction of new Doherty and South High Schools,  a comprehensive recycling plan, and the return of the Police Bike Patrols.  

The main area in which the candidates vastly differed was the tax rate.  Wally, was a proponent of a single tax rate to help aid small business stay and succeed in Worcester.  Whereas, Franco was proponent of keeping the existing dual tax rate.