ATTLEBORO — On a crisp Wednesday morning, Mayor Paul Heroux stood in the leaf-strewn backyard of his red-shingled 18th-century cottage and basked in the glow of victory.

The 46-year-old Democrat said in a post-election press conference that his slender win over veteran Republican Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Tuesday came down to the fact that the area’s voters recognized “it was time for a change.”

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