ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – State Rep. Paul Heroux has won the election for mayor of Attleboro, unseating seven-term incumbent Kevin Dumas, preliminary results show.
Heroux won with about 54 percent of the total, receiving 5,064 votes compared to 4,304 for Dumas, according to the city.
Heroux, a Democratic state representative, is an Attleboro High School graduate who was first elected to the legislature in 2012. He campaigned on a platform of transparency and support for education, arguing it was time for a change in the region’s ninth-largest city.
Heroux said he was confident heading into Election Day after what he heard on the doorsteps. “When that many people are telling you they’re voting for you, that – you know, I slept real easy last night,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about the result today.”
Dumas, a Republican, was first elected back in 2003 at the age of just 27. He was elected to a seventh term two years ago, but had faced mounting criticism since then for his handling of a school budget crisis that led to layoffs.
“Tonight and over the whole campaign, it’s been amazing to be able to touch so, so many people and be in a place and a position – with a city staff so incredibly dedicated – and to share those stories and touch so many people and change the face of Attleboro,” Dumas said after the votes were counted. “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you in that capacity.”
Dumas pledged to make sure the transition over the next two months is “as smooth as absolutely possible,” and Heroux said the same.
“I think the mayor has done a very good job with a lot of things over the last 14 years, but the people have spoken and they are ready for change,” Heroux said.
The strength of the Heroux campaign was clear back in September, when he received more votes than Dumas in the preliminary mayoral election. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito had both visited Attleboro in recent weeks to support Dumas, who was also endorsed by The Sun Chronicle.
Heroux will be sworn in for a two-year term in January.
Ted Nesi contributed to this report.
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