Cooke to face Fos­ter, Banks to face Can­non in Cam­bridge elec­tion

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester County Board of Elec­tions com­pleted its count of ab­sen­tee bal­lots Wed­nes­day morn­ing for the Cam­bridge pri­mary elec­tion.

Ward 3 in­cum­bent Frank Cooke will face for­mer com­mis­sioner La-Shon Fos­ter in July’s gen­eral elec­tion, while Dion Banks and Dave Can­non will ad­vance in the Ward 4 race.

In Ward 3, Cooke gar­nered the most votes with 107. For­mer city com­mis­sioner La-Shon Fos­ter re­ceived 93 votes and Armah Dashiell got 33 votes.

In Ward 4, Dion Banks re­ceived the most votes with 78 while Dave Can­non gar­nered 77 votes and Car­los Wil­son re­ceived 47.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tues­day in Gover­nors Hall at Sail­winds Park and 148 votes were cast in the two contested races. The board of elec­tions counted an ad­di­tional 115 ab­sen­tee bal­lots Wed­nes­day.

The re­main­ing city coun­cil races are un­con­tested. Steve Ride­out is the can­di­date for Ward 1, in­cum­bent Don­ald Syd­nor is the can­di­date for Ward 2 and in­cum­bent Robert Han­son is the can­di­date for Ward 5.

Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley is run­ning un­op­posed for mayor. She re­tired in March from her po­si­tion at the De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and the may­oral of­fice, but has since be­come el­i­gi­ble to be elected as mayor.

The for­mer two-term mayor was elected in 2008 as the first fe­male mayor of Cam­bridge.

The city coun­cil voted 4-1 in De­cem­ber 2014 to ap­prove a res­o­lu­tion amend­ing the city’s char­ter to cre­ate the post of city man­ager.

Un­der the old char­ter, the mayor, the only Cam­bridge of­fi­cial who runs for elec­tion city­wide, was Cam­bridge’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and heads the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

With the changes, the city man­ager be­came the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the city, with the power to ap­point and re­move de­part­ment heads and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­min­is­ter the city’s laws.

Syd­nor was the lone vote in op­po­si­tion in cre­at­ing a city man­ager po­si­tion.

In Novem­ber 2015, San­dra Tripp-Jones be­came Cam­bridge’s first-ever city man­ager.

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