NEW BEDFORD - The field of six candidates vying for the vacant Ward 3 city council seat has been whittled down to two, Hugh Dunn and Bethany Ann Fautuex, after Tuesday's primary. 

Dunn was the top vote-getter with 381 votes, while Fautuex received 127 votes.

Dunn said one of the reasons he believes he came out on top was that he's proven he listens to voters.

"My focus on the opioid initiative, that was after talking to dozens of people, and as it went on hundreds, and then I thought 'Okay, how can I work with city council to really take on this issue?'" Dunn said. "I think that people notice that I'm listening and thinking creatively and thinking on my feet."

Fautuex said she is clearly resonating with voters who are looking for change among city government.

"It feels great," Fauteux said. "It feels good that people feel on the same side as I do, they're kind of sick of the entrenched politics and their ready for a community member."

Total voter turnout was 7.47%, or 718 voters.

Both will face off next month in the special election on April 25th.


Below are the full results of the Ward 3 Primary.

  • Kathy M. Dehner - 33 votes
  • Hugh Dunn - 381 votes
  • Bethany Ann Fauteux - 127 votes
  • Guy A. Larock - 29 votes
  • Jill Marie Ussach - 99 votes
  • Mark Zajac - 44 votes
  • Write-In - 1 vote

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