City Councilor Marianne LaBarge and challenger Yvonne Keefe advance in Northampton Ward 6 preliminary election; Michael Janik eliminated
NORTHAMPTON — Longtime Ward 6 City Councilor Marianne L. LaBarge easily advanced in a preliminary election Tuesday, as did challenger Yvonne Keefe. The two will square off Nov. 5 for a seat on the council.
Another challenger, Michael E. Janik, was eliminated from the race Tuesday.
LaBarge and Keefe both spent a few moments savoring their win Tuesday before acknowledging that much more work lies ahead in the weeks leading up to the municipal election.
Of the 883 votes cast Tuesday, LaBarge, 68, of 698 Westhampton Road, received 440 or 49.8 percent; Keefe, 53, of 40 Hickory Drive, received 258 (29.2 percent); and Janik, 55, of 44 Pencasal Drive, had 185 (21 percent).
LaBarge had the most votes in both precincts, with 210 in 6A and 230 in 6B. Keefe received 130 votes in 6A and 128 in 6B, while Janik had 122 and 63 votes, respectively.
The votes cast represent about 29 percent of the 3,060 registered voters in Ward 6. It was the only contest on the city’s preliminary ballot Tuesday.
LaBarge, who is seeking her ninth straight term, said she was happy with the results, but pointed out that many people she considers supporters did not turn out to vote. She vowed to convince them to get to the polls in November.
“We have worked very hard,” LaBarge said in an interview at City Hall after the polls closed. “I just didn’t sit back. I worked hard.”
She said her campaign will continue to pound the pavement starting Wednesday and “right up to election day.”
Keefe said she will continue to campaign on a message of change and her ability to bring a fresh set of eyes to city issues. While pleased to advance through the preliminary, Keefe looked ahead by saying, “Right now, it’s anybody’s game.”
She added, “I’m excited about it. We’ll see what happens in November. I’m going to keep my focus, keep working hard and keep pushing forward.”
Janik said he is proud of his campaign and thanked those who voted for him.
“I put out important issues there that I hope both candidates will discuss between now and November,” Janik said.
He said he is supporting Keefe in November because they share similar views on important issues facing the city. Keefe said she appreciates Janik’s vote of confidence, calling him a good candidate who shares her desire for new representation in Ward 6.