Salem Chooses New Mayor During Special Election

Robert "Bob" McCarthy has been serving as acting mayor after Kim Driscoll's departure for Beacon Hill

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The North Shore city of Salem, Massachusetts, has elected a new mayor.

During a special mayoral election Tuesday, Dominick Pangallo won 52.4% of the vote, beating former mayor Neil Harrington, according to The Salem News, which cited unofficial results.

Pangallo served as chief of staff to former Mayor Kim Driscoll — now Lt. Gov. Driscoll — who left her post in Witch City to serve on Beacon Hill alongside Gov. Maura Healey.

Driscoll shared a photo on social media with Pangallo Tuesday night, congratulating him on his victory.

"I’ve been honored to call you a friend & colleague," Driscoll wrote. "I have no doubt the Salem is in great hands and I look forward to seeing you lead our great city forward!"

The Salem News reports a 28% turnout for the special mayoral election. According to the news outlet, Mayor-elect Pangallo could be sworn in as soon as May 26.

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