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Garballey tops Lennon in primary with 38% town turnout

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UPDATED, Sept. 9:  In an insurgent wave Tuesday, Sept. 4, Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council, defeated Rep. Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent heavily backed by the political establishment.


Unofficial vote totals by precinct | Complete Arlington results by office (town website)

Paul Schlichtman's analysis of turnout


That wave did not reach Arlington, as incumbent Democrat Sean Garballey retained his State House seat, soundly beating first-time candidate Lori Lennon. With all 21 precincts reporting, Garballey kept his 23rd Middlesex seat, with a vote of 6,814 to 2,570, or 73 percent to 27 percent, according to WBUR. He was first elected in 2008 and faces no opponent in November.

Town turnout was 38.36 percent. Turnouts in town elections average of 21.6 percent in this century. The New Your Times placed the town's turnout at fifth highest statewide.

In other races, unofficial vote totals showed incumbent Marian Ryan remaining district attorney, topping challenger Donna Patalano. With 100 percent reporting, The Globe said, Ryan received 93,850 (or 53.3%), while Patalano got 82,009 (46.6%).

For governor, Democrat Jay Gonzalez crushed Bob Massie, 65 to 35 percent, with 100 percent reporting. In Arlington, the spread was 5,506 (61%) for the winner and 3,521 (39%) for Massie.

For Governor's Council, with 100 percent reporting, incumbent Marilyn Devaney bested Nick Carter 56 to 44 percent. The tally reported is 51,515 to 40,196.

Lennon's statement

In an email to supporters Sept. 5, Lennon wrote:

"Thank you so much for all of your support throughout this campaign. We didn't get the results we wanted, but I can honestly say we worked our hardest over these past few months.

"I've met so many wonderful people throughout this race, created partnerships that will continue grow and develop initiatives that matter to us all, and have had the opportunity to speak with thousands of people in the community.

"I want you all to know this is just the beginning. I will run again. In the meantime, there is a lot I want to accomplish around our campaign platforms. I'm not waiting another two years to start making a change.

"This was all made possible by your support. You contributed, made phone calls, canvassed, called to check in, bought me coffee, and gave me the motivation and the encouragement I needed to finish this race strong.

"We out-raised our opponent, I personally knocked on 5,200 doors, and we got enough votes in the district to lay down the groundwork for our next run.

"So, this is not the end. And as always, I look forward to sharing lots of updates with you. Thank you for all you have done to make this campaign possible because it's never just about the candidate, it has a lot to do with the people who are there helping lift her up."

Lennon declined to comment on a question about what future seat she may pursue.

Garballey commente Sept. 7: "I am grateful to the people of Arlington and West Medford for allowing me to continue fighting for them at the State House. The voters of the district spoke loudly and I was honored to win overwhelmingly in every single neighborhood in the 23rd Middlesex District.

"With 6,814 votes, our campaign earned more votes than any other candidate running in a contested race for the House of Representatives across the Commonwealth. I look forward to getting back to work, fighting for the people of Arlington, Medford and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." 

The town's public schools opened for 2018-19 for a half day on Election Day.


BostonGlobe.com, Sept. 1: Two women, both self-described progressives, vie to be Middlesex’s top prosecutor


This news announcement was published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, and updated Sept. 7, to add Garballey's comment, and Sept. 9, to add link.

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