New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell re-elected easily

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell has easily won re-election against challenger Charlie Perry, preliminary results show.

Mitchell defeated Perry 8,371 to 5,496, according to the New Bedford Election Commission.

Mitchell, a former assistant U.S. attorney, was first elected in 2011 and is finishing his third term. Perry, a police officer in the city, is a political newcomer.

Mitchell will be sworn in for a new two-year term in January.

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