!UPDATE! PLANET WAS FIRST WITH ELECTION … BIANCHI WINS MAYORAL TILT … CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR FOR MARCHETTI … AT LARGE, IT’S SHERMAN, MAZZEO, COTTON & CLAIRMONT … IN WARDs: MORANDI, CAPPY, CONNELL, LOTHROP (MAYBE) … KINNAS TOPS SCHOOL COMMITTEE, KING OUT, EVERYONE ELSE IN
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD 1 FORTRESS, WEDNESDAY NOONEY, Nov. 9. 2011
This morning THE PLANET has been busier than a fly swatter in an outdoor farmer’s market in Honduras, and most of it, believe it or not, non-political stuff. Nonetheless, we wanted to at least drop in on you today and see how you’re surviving Election Day +1.
THE PLANET was the first to announce definitive calls on all the races. We did this via Facebook. How did we do (predictions, not endorsements)?
* MAYOR — We corrected called Dan Bianchi‘s win over Peter Marchetti, narrow as that win might have been. Electoral happenings are not hand grenades, horseshoes, or scattering buckshot. Close doesn’t count. THE PLANET already heard from Team Marchetti (not from Peter himself, because he has too much class and intelligence) how we, your humble PLANET, cost their guy his victory. We let them vent; it is good for the soul.
* COUNCIL — Ward 1: We predicted Yon in a landslide. Of course, we add an asterisk. She was unopposed. We can say the same for Krol in Ward 6 and newbie Simonelli in Ward 7. Ward 2, we correctly called Morandi‘s destruction of White. Ward 3, we correctly called Cappy‘s handy win over Ferrin (remember, these are not our endorsements). Ward 4, we called Connell over Vincelette. Ward 5, we were correct in Lothrop over Breault.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE — Six ran for seven seats. One would be eliminated. We corrected predicted that it would be King. Terry Kinnas won the sixth spot, and brother, his win instantly makes the school committee meetings the place to be for political junkies.
In short, THE PLANET correctly called every race in every election this busy season: prelims and general for state rep and all municipal office. We were the only media outlet that can claim this: We were Don Larson on Oct. 8, 1956. We threw a perfect game!
Tomorrow, we will be back with some analyses, and we shall begin a two-part series on the state of the Pittsfield Public Schools. THE PLANET realizes we have been promising this for a couple of weeks, and now, with the tide of events having crested, we shall deliver at least the opening.
For the remainder of today, we invite any and all to weigh in with there reflections on what the electoral events of yesterday mean for Pittsfield and Berkshire County.
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With that, please tell us what you make of the events of yesterday.
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, ELECTION NIGHT, 9:09 p.m., Nov. 8, 2011) — Dan Bianchi won a squeaker over Peter Marchetti in the battle for mayor in Pittsfield today. With all precincts counted, Bianchi topped Marchetti by 93 votes. Keep in mind that all totals at this point are unofficial and remain so until certified by city clerk Linda Tyer.
It was a photo-finish, with Marchetti holding a 12-vote lead with one precinct left to report. Literally, all the marbles rode on the numbers from 2B. There, Bianchi won by more than 100 votes.
In the other races, Kevin Sherman, Melissa Mazzeo, Churchill Cotton, and Barry Clairmont finished in the money, with Rick Scapin just missing and finishing fifth; Ward 2, Morandi over White; Ward 3, Capitanio over Ferrin; Ward 4, Connell over Vincelette; Ward 5, too close to call, but Lothrop over Breault by six votes, with a recount all but certain; school committee: Kinnas, Yon, Amuso, Barbalunga, Elias, and Conant (King eliminated).
Let is also be know that THE PLANET was the first to call the races, via Facebook. Tomorrow, we will have more.
WITH THAT, SEE YOU SOON, IN THE A.M.
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