Nick Berry: Civility prevails after latest city primary

Primary contests can be brutal. They can bruise the winners and losers, especially if the party’s losers don’t support the winner. This happened in the last mayoral primary when incumbent Josh Cohen did not get the support of his defeated opponent, Bevin Buchheister, although she had previously pledged to support the winner. Mike Pantelides got a gift, undoubtedly putting him over the top. Standard party protocol directs that primary losers support winners. All primary candidates expect party unity to prevail. Had Buchheister won the primary she would have naturally expected Cohen’s endorsement, which he would have given. As an electoral newcomer, Buchheister violated this protocol. (Capital)

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