Municipal Election

Denis Lawrence Jr. Will Not Seek Re-Election
A long term member of the New Bedford City Council says he will not seek re-election this fall. 
Denis Lawrence Jr. announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that after much soul-searching and discussions with his family, he will withdraw from the At-Large race. 
Following The Race
Mayor Jon Mitchell says he expected to have an opponent this fall, and not having one will allow him to continue his focus on creating jobs and improving education in New Bedford.
But that doesn't mean the Mayor will be ignoring other races on the ballot...
New Bedford Election Contests Take Shape
Following Tuesday's deadline to submit nomination papers to the New Bedford Election Office, the 2013 campaign season is now shaping up in the Whaling City.  Here's a list of candidates.  (Note: * signifies incumbent)
Mayor of New Bedford
Jon Mitchell* (unopposed)
City Council Ward One
Jim Oliveira* (un…