June 27 2017

Burlington Goes With District in Voting for Friedman in Special State Primary

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington went with the district as a whole on Tuesday in the Special Election Primary with Democratic voters casting more ballots for Cindy Friedman than her two components.

The special election was called after the passing of State Sen. Ken Donnelly who died on Sunday, April 2 due to complication from a brain tumor that he was diagnosed with eight months prior.

The Democratic candidates vying for votes in the Special State Primary were State Rep. Sean Garballey (currently representing the 23rd Middlesex District), Donnelly’s former chief of staff Cindy Friedman and member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Mary Ann Stewart. There were no Republicans who turned in the paperwork to be on the primary ballot.

Friedman garnered 529 votes in Burlington while Garballey received 334 and Stewart 52.

In the district, made up by the Towns of Arlington, Billerica, Burlington; Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 in the Town of Lexington; and the City of Woburn, Friedman beat out Garballey by roughly 800 votes.

Friedman will now face Green-Rainbow candidate Ian Jackson in the Special Election on July 25.


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