Gore, Elkins win at-large seats on Northampton City Council

  • Marissa Elkins won an at-large seat on the Northampton City Council on Tuesday night. Submitted photo

  • Jamila Gore won an at-large seat on the Northampton City Council on Tuesday night. Submitted photo

  • Northampton City Hall GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/2/2021 10:41:53 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Voters in Tuesday’s election chose Jamila Gore and Marissa Elkins to serve at large on the City Council.

Gore, an activist and writer, and Elkins, a defense attorney and vice chair of the Planning Board, are newcomers to elected office. They beat Michael Quinlan, the incumbent Ward 1 city councilor, and David Murphy, the chair of the Board of Assessors and a former longtime Ward 5 councilor.

Gore earned the most votes with 4,307 and Elkins picked up 3,716. Quinlan, who ran for an at-large seat instead of seeking reelection, earned 3,696 votes while Murphy finished in last place with 2,250.

Gore also tallied the most votes in the Sept. 28 preliminary election, followed by Quinlan, Elkins, Murphy and Michelle Serra, who was eliminated from running in the general election. Serra endorsed Elkins on Tuesday morning.

In a separate race on the ballot, Murphy was defeated for the position of Elector Under the Oliver Smith Will, losing his seat to challenger Mary “Mimi” Odgers. He had served as both Smith Elector and city councilor simultaneously in the past, and had hoped to do so again.

Stanley Moulton defeated Emily “Lemy” Coffin to replace Quinlan in Ward 1. Quinlan spent election night under quarantine after announcing on Sunday that he and his wife were diagnosed with COVID-19.

In Ward 3, incumbent City Councilor James Nash held on to his seat amidst a challenge from David Kris.

In Ward 4, Garrick Perry beat Jesse Hassinger for the seat now held by councilor John Thorpe. Elected in 2019, Thorpe was the first Black city councilor in Northampton history. Perry and Gore will be the second and third Black councilors, and Gore will be the first Black woman to serve on the City Council.

In Tuesday’s mayoral race, City Council President Gina-Louise Sciarra beat Marc Warner with a margin of more than 3,000 votes. Voters also passed Question 1 by more than 10-1, allowing the city to proceed with its plans for a municipal broadband internet system.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.

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