FITCHBUG — City Councilor-At-Large Samantha Squailia and Mayor Stephen DiNatale topped the four-way preliminary mayoral race and now have six weeks to tell voters why they should be chosen for the top elected position.
“I thought it went really well,” said Fitchburg Town Clerk Joanna Bilotta. “Everything at the polls went very smoothly.”
Squailia brought in the most votes at 53.9% and DiNatale was second, garnering 35% of registered voters, according to unofficial results from Bilotta. By number of votes, DiNatale grabbed a total of 1,532 votes, out of the roughly 4,400 votes cast Tuesday, but Squailia saw the larger draw at 2,361 votes.
The 2023 Fitchburg preliminary mayoral election unofficial results were broadcast on FATV or on FATV’s Government Channel Live Stream on Tuesday evening after the results were tabulated.
Squailia and DiNatale bested the two other candidates on the preliminary mayoral ballot, retired Fitchburg Police Officer Stanley Young, who grabbed 8.3% of votes, and School Committee member Maritza Knight, with 2.2%.
The preliminary election drew 16.8% of registered voters on Tuesday, out of the nearly 26,000 voters in the city. More voters did turnout in 2023 compared to the preliminary mayoral election in 2015, which saw 13.41% of voters; and also included DiNatale in the running with three other candidates.
The midterm elections last year comparatively dwarfed both preliminary mayoral elections with 39% of Fitchburg voters making the trek to their polling location.
The office of City Clerk has not yet released the official results.