ATTLEBORO — Mayor Paul Heroux scored a big win over city council Vice President Heather Porreca in Tuesday’s election, capturing 67 percent of the vote — a landslide in political parlance.
But that percentage is only the 10th highest for a mayoral candidate in city history.
Still, it’s more than twice the lowest ever winning percentage, 31 percent, which was registered nearly 100 years ago.
At the top of the landslide list is the victory of Kai Shang over challenger Richard Belmore in 1987, when Shang garnered 82.5 percent of the vote.
The city’s first mayor, Harold Sweet, is in second place. In the city’s first ever mayoral election in 1914, Sweet beat James Leedham with 74.2 percent of the vote.
Following Sweet in third place is the win scored by Ray Macomber over Lawrence St. Pierre in 1975. Macomber got 73.8 percent of the vote.
In 1949, Cyril Brennan walloped Henry Randall by taking 73.6 percent of the ballots cast, the fourth best finish all time.
Brennan also took fifth place by beating Joseph Hardy in 1951 with 73.2 percent of the vote.
The rest are as follows.
1973 — Ray Macomber over John Parker, 72.5 percent
2007 — Kevin Dumas over John Davis, 71.8 percent.
1953 — Cyril Brennan over Ernest Rotenberg, 71.7 percent.
2005 — Kevin Dumas over Tom Parker, 70.8 percent.
2019 — Paul Heroux over Heather Porreca, 67.3 percent.
While all those mayors won by big margins, a number of others didn’t even win a majority of votes.
The mayor elected by the lowest percentage of votes ever was the city’s third, Philip Brady, who captured the corner office with just 31.2 percent in 1920.
That year there were five candidates for the job including the city’s first female contender, Eliza Daggett, who got 84 votes, or 1.6 percent of all ballots cast.
Six mayors have been elected with less than a majority of the votes.
Those elections all took place before the city instituted preliminary elections to narrow a field of three or more candidates to two.
The last time a candidate won by virtue of a plurality rather than a majority was in 1944 when Francis O’Neil took the corner office with 40.6 percent of the vote.