WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- After a 97-vote margin in Westfield’s mayoral race on Tuesday, the city’s next mayor has officially been decided.
For the last few days, Michael McCabe wasn’t going to officially concede to Don Humason after falling short by those 97 votes, but the two stood together on Friday to reflect on the race and announce what’s next.
Three days after the election and the final result is in: Humason will become the next mayor of Westfield.
McCabe told Western Mass News that given the close margin, he initially was going to call for a re-count of the ballots.
"In the best interest of the city, I’ve decided not to do that for very specific reasons. I don’t think that Don’s administration should start that way and I don’t think the city should bear the extra cost of having to go through that process," McCabe explained.
Western Mass News was there as the two thanked all of their supporters and even the city, saying that it’s one of the best races they’ve seen as was evident by the outcome.
Both said they’re grateful for that enthusiasm.
"They really want us to work on infrastructure. They want to work on taxes. They want to work on things that are good for the city, so I think it shouldn’t come to any surprise that’s what we focus on," Humason said.
What’s next for McCabe?
"There’s lots of things out there. There’s lots of opportunities out there for me. I’m pretty sure that my tenure at the police department is running short and we’re gonna be looking at all kinds of different things," McCabe added.
When it comes to Humason’s state Senate seat, he said he will now "try to work out a date to resign, so that we can plan the date of the special election. Usually, it takes three months or so from the date of the vacancy to the date of the special, so there will be a special election in this district in the spring of next year. I don’t have the exact time as of yet. That’ll be up to the Senate president," Humason said.
With Humason’s state Senate seat opening, we are learned today that State Representative John Velis will be running in the special election to replace him.