"Solomon’s victory may be attributed to growing concerns about the impact of a citywide reevaluation of property as well the rapidly rising rents in the downtown and waterfront portions of Ward E.
Behind the scenes, those opposed to Fulop and Symes raised questions about Symes’ association with big landlords and local developers. These attacks appeared to have some effect on Symes. In the waning days of the campaign she lashed out at her opponents for their “unfair” portrayal of her as a front for real estate interests.
Going into the runoff, Symes was seen as a frontrunner since she had led a field of six candidates, and received 2,593 votes to Solomon’s 2,077 on Nov 7.
Although unsuccessful Ward E candidate Nicholas Grillo gathered 916 votes on Nov. 7 and later endorsed Symes, his voters appeared to have turned to Solomon instead."
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