Rosechana Gordon drops out of Northampton mayor’s race  


Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2021 5:16:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Rosechana Gordon, one of five candidates for mayor in the coming preliminary election, announced Monday that she has dropped out of the race.

Citing “health and personal reasons,” Gordon said she will not compete in the Sept. 28 preliminary, when voters will narrow the field of mayoral candidates to two.

Gordon, a former social worker and life coach who now works as an organizational developer, said she informed the city clerk’s office of her decision and is “looking forward to watching the race.”

Because the deadline to change the September ballot has already passed, voters will still see Gordon’s name on the list of candidates for the four-year job that pays $92,500 per year.

The remaining candidates, in the order that they will appear on the ballot, are City Council President Gina-Louise Sciarra, 10-time candidate Roy Martin, social worker Shanna Fishel and transportation analyst Marc Warner.

Voters on Sept. 28 also will eliminate one candidate from a field of five for the City Council’s two at-large seats. In ballot order, the candidates for the seats are Michael Quinlan, David Murphy, Marissa Elkins, Jamila Gore and Michelle Serra. City councilors serve two-year terms.

The deadline to register to vote in the preliminary election is Sept. 8, and the last day to register for the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 13.

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