WORCESTER – Following Tuesday’s district preliminary elections, two city council candidates each from Districts 1 and 5 have officially moved on to Worcester’s municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

In District 1, nonprofit executive director Sean M. Rose and Worcester business owner Edward L Moynihan earned enough votes over opponents Gerardo Schiano and Bill Coleman  to move on to the general election.

Clockwise From L to R: Sean Rose, Ed Moynihan, Matt Wally, and Paul Franco/ Photos by Matt Wright

Rose received the most votes with 1,035 (43 percent of the overall vote), and Moynihan was just behind him tallying 759 votes.

Schiano and Coleman received 399 and 212 votes each, respectively.

Moynihan and Rose are both running for office for first time. They are both looking to replace Tony Economou, who decided not to run for re-election.  Moynihan, who has campaigned on updating the city’s master plan, wants to attract more small businesses to the city.  Rose has been focusing on the quality of life for the city’s seniors.  The District 1 race could be the most watched race on November 7.

“We have some unfinished business,” Rose said Tuesday night. “We hoped that we would have fared better in [Ward 2], but we have to do a better job of getting our message out there.”

“Hard work paid off for us, but clearly we didn’t work hard enough,” Rose added.

Moynihan said, “I feel relieved that I came in the top two. I’m an unenrolled voter so I feel like I was the underdog going into this race and I still feel that way going into November.”

“[Rose] ran a great race and the race he needed to run to get the top spot. Now it’s me versus Sean and I have to work harder, work smarter and hit more doors. I’m going to have to be that much better and on the ball. I’m looking forward to November and I thank my voters,” Moynihan added.

Likewise, in District 5, Matt Wally and Paul Franco have defeated their younger opponents Doug Arbetter and Ben Champagne to advance to November’s election.

Wally earned 1,075  votes with Franco earning 673 votes. Arbetter was a close third, gathering 604 votes. Champagne was voted for 34 times.

“I didn’t put my name in as a candidate just to win the preliminary. I’m not popping the champagne yet by any means,” Wally said Tuesday night. “My showing was a recognition of my hard work and I think my message resonated.”

Wally, who ran an unsuccessful at-Large bid two years ago, has focused on infrastructure improvements to our city’s streets and sidewalks during his campaign.  Franco also wants to beautify Worcester, but believes a comprehensive recycling plan is a step in the right path.  They will be vying for the seat vacated by current district councilor Gary Rosen, who decided to run for an at-Large seat this election.

The final day for all remaining district and At-Large city council candidates, and school committee candidates, to decline nomination for election is Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

The last day to register to vote for Worcester’s municipal election is Wednesday, October 18. To register, visit the Massachusetts Online Voter Registration.

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