REVERE — Mayor Brian Arrigo beat challenger and former mayor Dan Rizzo Tuesday night in a contest that gave the incumbent a wider victory margin than he received in his bruising contest against Rizzo four years ago.
Unofficial voting returns provided by Arrigo aide Joseph Gravellese gave Arrigo 5,242 votes to 4,646 for Rizzo.
With the Revere Beach development boom looming over the mayoral campaign, the pair battled on the campaign trail. For Arrigo, Tuesday’s win cements a mandate he will carry into his second term.
For Rizzo, the defeat caps a comeback run that began in 2015 when the one-term mayor lost a close election to Arrigo. A December 2015 recount gave Arrigo 5,210 votes to 5,102 for Rizzo.
Unwilling to be consigned to political history, Rizzo ran for City Council in 2017 and topped the ticket with his councilor-at-large victory. Firmly entrenched in the public eye, he didn’t waste time setting his sights on another mayoral run.