ELECTION 2017

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First up in our news roundup this week: We get the thoughts of our panel about this week's mayoral elections across western Massachusetts, and we ask them how long they think mayors should serve. Voters in Westfield said at the ballot box it should only be for two years at a time, but many other places have switched to four-year terms. 

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

Updated at 6:50 a.m. ET

It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse greets his supporters at the Gateway City Arts after winning the mayor's contest over Jay Ferreira, Tuesday night in Holyoke.
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Voters in western Massachusetts turned out on Tuesday to elect new mayors in three cities -- and in two others, residents voted in the incumbents.

John Barrett (left) poses for a photo with a supporter after winning a special election for state representative.
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John Barrett is officially back in politics. The former long-time Democratic mayor of North Adams beat Republican Christine Canning to win a special election for state representative in northern Berkshire County.

Updated at 11:44 p.m. ET

Democrat Ralph Northam has easily won the Virginia governor's race, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in a stinging rebuke to President Trump.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
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Voters in some Massachusetts communities will go to the polls Tuesday to elect local government and school officials. In the four westernmost counties, five cities have contested mayoral elections.

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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In the Agawam mayoral election on Tuesday, voters will choose between City Council president Jimmy Cichetti and former school superintendent Bill Sapelli.

The candidates are running to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Cohen, who is not seeking re-election after eight terms as mayor, but is on the ballot for a spot on the City Council.

Eagle Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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On Tuesday, North Adams, Massachusetts, will elect just its third mayor since 1984. After eight years in office, incumbent Richard Alcombright decided to give up the job.

Easthampton mayoral candidates Nicole LaChapelle, left, and Joy Winnie smile as they are introduced at the start of a debate at Easthampton High School.
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Easthampton is one of three western Massachusetts cities, along with Agawam and North Adams, with open mayoral races on Tuesday. 

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