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Mayoral general election set in Holyoke


A mayoral showdown is set in Holyoke.

Mayor Alex Morse will face off against political newcomer Jeffrey Stanek in November.

The match-up is set after Tuesday's preliminary election.

Morse got 45 percent of the vote while Stanek got 42 percent.

Supporters of incumbent Morse cheered at his campaign headquarters on Northampton Street after the city's youngest mayor ever took 2,419 votes.

"The election tomorrow turns into a clear choice between continuing to move the city forward or going back in time. This city has made a lot of progress over the last two years," Morse said.

Morse beat challenger Stanek by 170 votes. The two will face off in the general election in Nov.

"We won by one vote two years ago and so we're happy we won by a little more than a vote this time," Morse said.

A few miles down the road at his campaign headquarters, Stanek an accountant and former chief financial officer with CWL Investments in Michigan thanked his supporters.

"I was the last to get into the race and I'm very happy with the results tonight," Stanek said.

The two beat out three other candidates:

  • Former Mayor Daniel Szostkiewicz with 6 percent
  • U.S. Air Force veteran Jim Santiago with 4 percent
  • Former co-owner of the former Diamond Fiber Products Company Daniel Boyle with 4 percent.

Both Morse and Stanek say the race begins Wednesday.

"I'm more concentrated tonight on celebrating. I'm very happy about the results we had and the hard work starts tomorrow," Stanek said.  

"Making the city a place where people want to live and people want to have a business, so we're not going to take anything for granted, we're going to keep knocking on doors, keep making calls, but I cant thank enough the voters of Holyoke," Morse said.

Stanek and Morse will face off in the general election on Nov. 5.

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