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Deadlock Ends: Mayor Elected

Fifth Ballot Is the Charm for Galluccio

By Frank Dabek

In a dramatic turn of events Anthony D.Galluccio was elected as the new mayor of Cambridge early this morning.

Galluccio’s election on the fifth ballot came during a turbulent evening which saw a number of councillors switch their votes and the rise and fall of several potential coalitions.

Supporting Galluccio was a diverse coalition consisting of councillors James Braude, Henrietta Davis, David Maher, Michael Sullivan, and Tim Toomey. Maher was elected as vice mayor by a unanimous vote.

An emotional Galluccio said after his election that his “door will be open” to all councillors and that he hopes that Cambridge will be a better city at the end of his term.

Fellow Councillor Reeves said Galluccio “will bring his gifts” to the council in the upcoming term.

The coalition which elected the moderate and independent Galluccio included Cambridge Civic Association members Braude and Davis. Councillor Kenneth Reeves compared this election to the 1998 election of Francis Duehay. In that election, CCA members failed to rally behind one candidate for mayor, resulting in the acrimonious defeat of Katherine Triantifillou.

The election was “as treacherous as could be,” said Reeves, who cast his vote for fellow progressive Born. “The CCA is an embarrassment to itself again.”

Leading CCA candidate Born had declared her candidacy early in the election process and built a coalition of four votes in early ballots only to see Braude and Davis defect to other camps.

Braude, who voted on the fourth ballot for a resurgent Reeves, said that he was motivated to change allegiances to encourage the timely election of a mayor. “The search for a perfect mayor is over,” Braude said after the fourth ballot, “[Cambridge] needs a mayor imperfections and all.”

Decker, who switched her vote twice during the evening, said that there was “a lot of uncertainty here tonight.” Decker, who cast votes for Reeves and Born, said that she was “committed to having the very best chair of the school committee.”

Under Cambridge’s charter the mayor chairs the school committee and is a voting member. Both Born and Reeves could provide committee leadership, Decker said.