They were also ready for a change in Ward 5, where first-time candidate Josh Turiel soundly defeated incumbent Councilor John Ronan, piling up a margin of more than 175 votes. Ronan was the other councilor who used a council rule to block the mayor from addressing councilors during a budget discussion.
Not all was upside down in the councilor-at-large fight, which went back and forth all night as results were posted precinct by precinct at City Hall.
Incumbents Arthur Sargent and Tom Furey finished second and third, respectively, behind Lovely, who was out front by a Secretariat-like 984 votes.
Furey said voters were sick of the bickering and wanted a City Council that could get along and get things done.
"There was a clear message," he said. "A mayor needs cooperation."
Even though he lost, Barcikowski said he was pleased to come in a strong fifth in his first try. He, too, thought voters were demanding change.
"I'm happy because the whole premise of my campaign was to bring change to the City Council," he said. "The City Council desperately needed change."
Carr was celebrating with supporters last night at the Christopher Columbus Society. Even though he has been on the school board for four years, it was a big jump to the council.
"I'm blown away," he said of his victory. "The adrenaline is still pumping."
Lovely was delighted with her overwhelming victory.
"I'm just grateful people recognize that I work hard at the job," she said.
Three-term Councilor Paul Prevey easily beat perennial candidate Ken Sawicki in Ward 6.