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Marchetti Will Not Seek Recount in Close Mayor's Race
By Joe Durwin,
02:47PM / Monday, November 14, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Peter Marchetti will not seek a recount in Tuesday's close election, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.

Speculation about a recount has been ongoing since the return of Tuesday night's results, which saw the four-term city councilor defeated by opponent Daniel Bianchi by a now official margin of 113 votes.

In 2009, Pittsfield went through a recount at the request of Bianchi, who lost to James Ruberto by an initial margin of 209 votes. The recount yielded an additional two votes for Bianchi, reducing the margin to 207.

"I entered this race because I


Personal Perceptions, not 'Party' Politics Swayed Votes
By Joe Durwin,
04:42PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pundits and insiders had predicted an ultimate clash between the two polar sets of politicos and opposing visions for Pittsfield, with voters falling to one side or the other of this power struggle between pseudo-parties.

The story that unfolded as voters went to the polls and results came in Tuesday night, though, was one of varying loyalties and decisions based on personal perceptions of the candidates individually, rather than as part of a set.

Ramping up to election day, the theory emerging in conversations among insiders and in various blogs and online discussions was that the mayoral and


Breault Takes Out Recall Petition For Pittsfield Ward 5
By Andy McKeever,
04:23PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — J. Joseph Breault has taken out a recount petition after losing in Tuesday'selection by just six votes.

According to City Clerk Linda Tyer, Breault would need signatures from 10 Ward 5 voters to force the city to recount the Ward 5 tally. Breault lost to incumbent Jonathan Lothrop for the City Council Ward 5 seat by an unofficial margin of 773-767.

Tuesday's election was filled with closes races — including the mayoral seat that was divided by less than 1 percent. Peter Marchetti lost by only 106 votes, according to the unofficial results, and had not ruled out asking for a recount on Tuesday night. As

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Bianchi Squeaks Out Victory in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
12:41AM / Wednesday, November 09, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The cheers for were so loud in the banquet hall at the old Mazzeo's Ristorante that results were being drowned out as they were read off.

The lead see-sawed back and forth as the city's 14 precincts reported in but it wasn't until the very last that Daniel Bianchi was able to claim victory by a mere 106 votes.

The final official tally was Bianchi at 6,144 to Peter Marchetti at 6,038, revealing that the city continues to be evenly divided.

The victor arrived late to the growing crowd of supporters and city councilors, having stopped first to speak to Marchetti and Mayor James Ruberto.


Pittsfield Election Results 2011
Staff Reports,
11:03PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2011

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