(link to original article: https://patch.com/massachusetts/melrose/melrose-preliminary-mayor-election-results-live-updates)
MELROSE, MA — Midway through Paul Brodeur's victory speech at his campaign headquarters in the old Papa Gino's Tuesday night.
Brodeur, a state representative, and Medeiros, an at-large alderman, were the top two finishers in Melrose's preliminary mayoral election, emerging from a field of five candidates to set up a race for the city's first open mayoral seat in nearly two decades.
The mayoral election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Brodeur led vote-getters Tuesday with 2,576, while Medeiros had 2,397, according to unofficial results. Former Director of Community Services and City Operations Jackie Lavender Bird (1,455,) Alderman Mike Zwirko (866) and Alderman Manisha Bewtra (706) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
"This is really like a dream come true," Brodeur told supporters.
"I think Melrose decided tonight as a community that community matters," he continued.
Voters at the polls picked just one of the five candidates, with the top two vote-getters advancing to Nov. 5 to decide who will become the first newly elected mayor of Melrose since Rob Dolan in 2001.
Current Mayor Gail Infurna is finishing out the second half of Dolan's term after he left at the beginning of last year to become Lynnfield's town administrator. Infurna said before she was elected by the Board of Aldermen she would not run for mayor.