By Charles Sercombe
Despite what looked like a Bengali-American blowout, Tuesday’s Primary Election results for City Council were a surprise.
Only two out of the five Bengali candidates made it to the top six vote-getters who will now proceed to the November General Election.
Incumbent candidate Cathie Ladzinski Gordon finished on top with 552 votes. She was the only incumbent running for re-election.
The top six vote-getters, in order, are as follows:
Cathie Ladzinski Gordon: 552
Robert A. Zwolak: 488
Abdul A. Algazali: 481
Anam Miah: 345
Dilshad Chowdhury: 340
Steve Shaya: 278
The remaining results are as follows:
Ian Perrotta: 216
Mohamed Delawar Hussain: 209
Abu Mahfuz: 160
Richard Fabiszak: 140
Susan Dunn-Rahdar: 128
Showkat Chowdhury: 120
Roger A. Lamm: 103
The total number of votes cast was 1,486, which is considered a light turnout for a Primary Election.
This election was likely off the radar of many potential voters because the only issue on the ballot was the council race. Some said that there were fewer Muslim voters because Tuesday was the second day of Ramadan.
It was also a hot and muggy day, with temperatures near 90 degrees.
The November election usually attracts about 3,000 voters. That could mean a significant shift in how the top six vote-getters candidates will finish in the election.
The top three vote-getters in the November election will sit on council.