Arrigo Elected Mayor of Revere, Wood-Pruitt off School Committee, Four Incumbent Councilors Do Well, One Comes Back

With a 40 percent voter turnout Brian Arrigo, a two-term councillor-at-large, was elected mayor of Revere Tuesday, besting incumbent Dan Rizzo by 117 votes in the hotly contested race.

In the unofficial final tally, Arrigo received 5,208 votes while Rizzo received 5,091 votes.

The race was close throughout the night with each candidate finishing first in various precincts throughout the city.

Arrigo was joined at City Hall by his wife, Daveen, and their baby, Joseph John, who was born Oct. 27 as the votes were turned into the City Clerk’s office.

The 35-year-old resident and son of former City Councillor John Arrigo was elated by his victory.

“It’s incredible,” said Brian Arrigo. “Having the birth of my first child, I know nothing is going to match that feeling but right it’s a little surreal and it hasn’t fully sunk in it. But I look forward to starting to get to work and making sure that some of the things we talked about during the campaign actually get done.”

In the city council race, Incumbent Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino once again topped the ticket in the city council race with 5,292 votes Tuesday.

Following her lead was return councillor George Rotondo who garnered 4,531 votes in the councillor at large race. Coming in third was incumbent and former mayor Robert Haas Jr. Grabbing the fourth seat open was incumbent Steve Morabito, who has been nursing an injured leg for the last week. Veteran Councillor Anthony Zambuto took home 3,919 vote.

Ward 4 councillor Stephen Reardon did not make the cut, being topped by newcomer Patrick Keefe Jr.

Other challengers for the councillor-at-large race were Matt Amato with 2,948 votes; John Correggio with 2,523 votes; Michael Falzone with 1,629 votes; Priscilla Nickerson with 2,229 votes and Ed O’Hara garnered 1,618 votes.

Former School Committee member Fred Sannella made a comeback defeating incumbent Donna Wood Pruitt who had 2,166 votes. Newcomer Gerry Visconti was edged out by 129 votes and community activist Al Terminiello garnered 3,274 votes.

Longtime School Committee member Michael Ferrante topped the field with 4,436 votes. Fellow members grabbed enough votes for re-election: Carol Tye, 4,356; Susan Gravellese, 4, 122; Stacey Rizzo, 3,749 and Dan Maguire grabbed 3,511 votes.

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