ELECTION 2017

Mayoral incumbent David Narkewicz and candidate John Riley participated in a campaign debate last week.
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The two candidates for mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts -- both Democrats -- agree on most of the big issues, from the harm of casinos to the value of being a sanctuary city. But they don't agree on many of the little issues.

Former Holyoke City Councilor Jay Ferreira (left) and Mayor Alex Morse.
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Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city of about 40,000 residents, has been led the last six years by Alex Morse, who was a senior at Brown University when he first ran.

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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Voters in Agawam, Mass., narrowed a field of three mayoral candidates down to two after a preliminary election Tuesday.

John Barrett greets supporters at a victory gathering Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in North Adams, Mass.
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John Barrett, a former 26-year mayor of North Adams, won a special Democratic primary Tuesday for state representative in northern Berkshire County.

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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Voters in Agawam, Massachusetts, go to the polls Tuesday for a preliminary election in the city's mayoral race. 

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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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will take on former City Councilor Jay Ferreira in November. They led a field of four candidates in Tuesday's preliminary election.

The polling place at St. Elizabeth Parish Center in North Adams, Mass., on Sept. 19, 2017.
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The field is down to two for North Adams mayor after Tuesday's primary.

Tom Bernard and Bob Moulton Jr. were the top two vote-getters in the field of five, and will square off in November's general election.

The last two mayors of North Adams: John Barrett (left) and Dick Alcombright (right). Their portraits hang side-by-side inside North Adams City Hall.
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Berkshire County's second largest city, North Adams, is holding its mayoral primary Tuesday. And it's the first time an incumbent has not been on the ballot since the Reagan administration.

Alex Morse on election night in 2011, when he first won the mayor's office by defeating incumbent Elaine Pluta.
Dave Roback / The Republican

As deadlines near for mayoral hopefuls to officially declare their candidacies, incumbents in several western Massachusetts communities are not seeking reelection.

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