New Mayor For The Witch City: Dominick Pangallo Wins Salem Mayoral Election

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The City of Salem has made its choice for mayor. Dominick Pangallo won Tuesday's special election by a few hundred votes, beating out former Salem mayor Neil Harrington.

The longtime chief of staff to former Mayor Kim Driscoll won the election with a vote-share of 52.1% to Harrington's 47.5%, according to unofficial numbers from the Salem City Clerk's office.

Driscoll left the mayor's office in January to become the state's Lt. Governor.

Pangallo will fill out the next three years of Driscoll's term. The mayor-elect grew up in North Salem and worked on Beacon Hill and ran a political consulting firm before coming back to be
Driscoll's chief of staff for a decade. Pangallo picked up heavyweight endorsements from Governor Maura Healey and Driscoll, his former boss.

Driscoll held the mayor's office for multiple terms since 2006 as the first female mayor of Salem.

Voter turnout in the special election was low, at about 28%. For comparison, the turnout for the 2020 presidential election was about 75%.

Current Acting Mayor Robert McCarthy failed to break out of a crowded pack in the primary election back in March.

The Harrington campaign told WBZ NewsRadio that Harrington had no concession statement, but that he wouldn't contest the results with a recount.

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