Paul Chasse is making his second run for a seat on the New Bedford City Council. This year he has a path to victory running as an at-large candidate.

It is difficult to win an at-large seat on the New Bedford City Council when there isn't an open seat. It is difficult, but it isn't impossible.

Paul Chasse ran for the Ward Five seat on the council two years ago. He didn't win that race but he made a good impression on the voters. His hard work two years ago was rewarded by the voters of Ward Five when they voted for him in the city's preliminary election on October 1st of this year.

The voters of Ward Five gave Chasse enough support to place him in third place in their ward when the votes from this year's preliminary election were counted. He came in behind incumbents Ian Abreu and Naomi Carney and just ahead of Linda Morad in Ward Five.

The numbers for the Ward Five precincts are even more instructive for the Chasse campaign. Chasse won precinct 5F and he came in second in precinct 5D. Chasse was tied for second place in precinct 5C. He came in fourth place in precinct 5E.

The voter turnout is traditionally higher in most of the precincts that make up Ward Five and that is the place that is favorable to Chasse.

The path to victory for Paul Chasse is through Ward Five.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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