June 12, 2024

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Metropolis Councilor Dan Rizzo is pursuing a recount after dropping to Performing Mayor Patrick Keefe Jr. by greater than 300 votes.

Dan Rizzo in 2014. Michael Dwyer/AP

After a hard-fought mayoral election in Revere, a recount is all however sure to occur subsequent month. 

Metropolis Councilor Dan Rizzo, who misplaced the Nov. 7 election by a number of hundred votes to Performing Mayor Patrick Keefe Jr., stated final Thursday that he can be pursuing a recount. Rizzo beforehand served as mayor and filed for a recount after dropping an in depth election in 2015. 

“With early voting, mail in voting, and absentee voting, you will need to me and our committee that everybody that took benefit of those extra methods to vote, versus on election day, had their votes counted. To everybody that voted for me, I need to thanks. Your vote is essential and I plan on ensuring that no matter what the end result could have been, your vote was precisely represented,” Rizzo stated in an announcement final week. 

With a purpose to request a recount, Rizzo and his staff had been required to assemble at the least 10 signatures from voters in every of Revere’s six wards. They had been profitable, Revere Election Commissioner Paul Fahey stated Monday. 

These signatures and a recount are set to be the topic of a Board of Election Commissioners assembly Monday evening. Fahey stated he expects the recount to be authorised, and that it’s going to seemingly happen on Dec. 2. 

“It’s really disheartening, that after having conceded, my opponent has made the choice to pursue an pointless and expensive recount of an election he misplaced,” Keefe stated in an announcement Friday.  “Disheartening, however not shocking. Not shocking as a result of this isn’t the primary time Mr. Rizzo has taken such a step. The truth is he appears to frequently query the integrity of any election he doesn’t win.”

Rizzo conceded to Brian Arrigo after a recount confirmed that he had misplaced the 2015 mayoral election by 108 votes. The preliminary election outcomes confirmed that he had misplaced by 118 votes. 

Earlier this month, Keefe bested Rizzo by garnering 4,932 votes, in comparison with Rizzo’s 4,565, in keeping with town’s ultimate election outcomes. 

“That is removed from his first recount rodeo. Nevertheless, that is by far the widest margin of defeat, a number of hundred votes, he’s requesting recount of,” Keefe stated.

Arrigo served as mayor till this yr, when he was tapped by Gov. Maura Healey to steer the Division of Conservation and Recreation. 

Keefe has been serving as energetic mayor since then, and touted that have when he debated Rizzo earlier this month. He accused Rizzo of utilizing his time as mayor to prioritize bringing casinos to Revere above all else, The Revere Journal reported. The 2 clashed over a wide range of matters, from the situation of a brand new highschool to public security and residential growth. 

In responding to Rizzo submitting for a recount, Keefe stated he helps early voting and vote-by-mail. No questions had been raised in the course of the marketing campaign about how town was dealing with early voting, Keefe stated in his assertion, and representatives from each campaigns monitored the method. 

Keefe accused Rizzo supporters of harassing voters. 

“Regrettably, throughout this era, supporters and observers from my opponent’s camp discovered it essential to harass any voter who didn’t look or sound like them. Rizzo’s marketing campaign discovered it essential to throw racially charged accusations at these voters, however discovered no cause to truly file a declare with the election’s officers current,” he stated. 

Keefe’s staff is already transferring forward with inauguration plans, he stated. 

“Regrettably, my opponent has but to know the artwork of dropping with dignity and our metropolis is left bearing the implications of his fragile ego,” Keefe stated in his assertion.