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