Barrett Becomes Haverhill’s First Woman Elected Mayor; Election Brings New Faces at all Levels

Haverhill Mayor-elect Melinda E. Barrett. (Mike Jarvis photograph for WHAV News.)

Haverhill mayoral candidate Guy E. Cooper reviews election results. (WHAV News photograph.)

By Marc Lemay.

You can call her Mayor-Elect Melinda E. Barrett.

On Tuesday, the 10-year city councilor defeated Guy E. Cooper for the seat in the corner office of City Hall. Barrett received 7,038 votes to Cooper’s 3,024 votes in unofficial results. In her acceptance speech to supporters, she reflected on the overall movement that not only brought her into office by a more than 2-1 margin, but also swept in a record number of women to other offices and brought a change in the system of local government.

“It’s a happy night for Haverhill—A new day with a new Council and new School Committee, ward representation. It is time for change,” she said.

Barrett made history last night by being elected as the first female mayor of the city. She said she plans on including more people in the process.

“I love this city. If you know me, you know I love this city so much. And I know we can do so much better and include so many more people in our discussions and in our committees. And by including more people, it doesn’t exclude anybody. It just opens it up a little more.”

Barrett’s victory party at Maria’s in downtown Haverhill brought many other victors, including Ward 2 City Councilor-elect Katrina Hobbs-Everett, Ward 1 School Committee member-elect Erica Diaz who ran a write-in campaign with no contenders on the ballot and Ward 6 School Committee member-elect Yonnie Collins.

Other new faces in city government include Ward 1 City Councilor-elect Ralph T. Basiliere, Ward 3 City Councilor-elect Devan M. Ferreira, Ward 3 School Committee member-elect Cheryl A. Ferguson, Ward 4 School Committee member-elect Mikaela D. Lalumiere, Ward 5 School Committee member-elect Jill Taylor Story and Ward 7 School Committee member-elect Thomas Grannemann.

Just over 10,000 votes were cast in the election, with nearly 21% of the registered voters casting their ballots.

See full unofficial election results.

Barrett, Melinda E.70388115321039442213919518819841954842935938853127644143435821954602
Cooper, Guy E.30243872891051334855646420728523919120629118414918010610430184
City Council-At Large0
Sullivan, Thomas J.64188115419632936012617216516140553240232937454128842440428918760439
LePage, Colin F.4970491051382442629111011010928641834827430142423728932121820141394
Simmons, Fred A.385045100113181181681171149823631425821320132820122926716212328273
Michitson, John A.65086813918233235310615617015441553545234538955330140241528118554521
Jordan, Timothy J.6189521151723613679915214514336951938930038347428038938030020852540
write in1001253422251893863254511
City Council Ward 1
Basiliere, Ralph T.41269136207
Veras, Alexander Robert175436567
write in3111
City Council Ward 2
Sapienza-Donais, Toni 37116316147
Hobbs Everett, Katrina E.J.816311368137
City Council Ward 3
Ferreira, Devan M.593206193194
write in122
City Council Ward 4
Quimby, Kenneth E.625193235197
Lewandowski, Melissa J.1390403549438
City Council Ward 5
Toohey, Shaun P.1125324329472
Morales, Michael778205248325
City Council Ward 6
McGonagle, Michael S.990260318412
Aguilo, Oliver594165255174
City Council Ward 7
Rogers, Catherine P.125436425565570
School Committee Ward 1
Diaz, Erica (write-in)0
write in294244
School Committee Ward 2
Sullivan, Gail M.846345379122
Sapienza-Donais, Toni 31612213856
School Committee Ward 3
Dilonex, Liliana 2831257880
Ferguson, Cheryl A.32980125124
write in628
School Committee Ward 4
Lalumiere, Mikaela D.1374402518454
Simmons, Fred A.552160228164
School Committee Ward 5
Story, Jill Taylor1209305384520
Hickey, Lynette584205161218
School Committee Ward 6
Pfeil, Chad565140188237
Collins, Yonnie922264344314
School Committee Ward 7
Grannemann, Thomas W.101127716352519
Rogers, Hunter Price52916513322209
Ballot Questions
Question 1: YES Simultaneously holding83109018424540446613120719622551669252244451769037447751138926964697
Question 1: NO Simultaneously holding12961927496668412443337411810372548963907359431771
Question 2: Yes Limit on running85889319224942049014020719821654870457145454170738448153140428665707
Question 2: No Limit on running117218234265464024414363987777469360956848271860

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