The City of North Adams has its first-ever woman mayor. Jennifer Macksey defeated Lynette Bond by nearly 200 votes as the city held its municipal election Tuesday. The final vote tally was Macksey 1,673, and Bond 1,478. Macksey will become the 33rd chief executive in the city’s 126-year history. She addressed a very enthusiastic crowd of supporters at Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill in North Adams last night. Roughly 34 percent of eligible voters in the city turned out to vote yesterday.  

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The five incumbents that were running for re-election on the North Adams City Council were able to retain their seats yesterday. Sitting Council President Lisa Blackmer won re-election as did councilors Peter Oleskiewicz, Keith Bona, Bryan Sapienza, and Wayne Wilkinson. All five will get new two-year terms. Also winning seats on the council were former Councilor Marie Harpin, Michael Obasohan, Jennifer Barbeau, and Ashley Shade.  

By the numbers...

Here are the final unofficial vote totals. These numbers are not ward-specific.


  • Jennifer Macksey 1,681
  • Lynette Bond 1,484

CITY COUNCIL (*signifies incumbent)

  • *Peter Oleskiewics 1,744
  • *Keith Bona 1,739
  • *Lisa Blackmer 1,705
  • *Bryan Sapienza 1,623
  • Marie Harpin 1,610
  • Michael Obasohan 1,508
  • *Wayne Wilkinson 1,403
  • Jennifer Barbeau 1,285
  • Ashley Shade 1,245


  • Barbara Ellen Murray 1,139
  • Heidi Shartrand-Newell 1,124
  • Jesse Lee Egan Poirier 1,016
  • Joseph Smith 884
  • Ronald Sheldon 537
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