What an exciting night in primary politics – well, maybe for you fellow political nerds! Although we didn’t have the opportunity to vote in the race for congress in the 7th district, that election was quite an upset and now the talk of the nation!
City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley won Tuesday’s State Primary election, upending 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the 7th congressional district. There is no Republican challenger in November’s general election, so that means Dorchester’s own Pressley is slated to become the first black woman elected to represent Massachusetts in Congress!
So now that Ayanna Pressley is potentially moving on to greener political pastures, that means Althea Garrison could be our new city councilor at-large. Garrison ran for one of the council’s four at-large seats last year and landed in fifth place. Because of a Boston city election rule, Garrison should make her way to the council! Come re-election we have a feeling that’s gonna be a big field for the four at-large seats! With incumbents City Councilors-at Large currently filled by Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George and Michael Flaherty, this race could become very interesting especially during this momentum of change!
In other primary races, former staffer for Senator Nick Collins, David Biele won the 4th Suffolk District State Rep seat to political newcomer and lifelong Southie resident Matt Rusteika.
Senator Nick Collins – who endorsed Biele – ran unopposed on the ballot and was reelected. Looks like it will be Collins and Biele representing the neighborhood under the Golden Dome. We wish them the best of luck!
Speaking of Nick Collins – in a bizarre pre-election day controversy – some political promo was circulated stating that Nick Collins endorsed candidate for District Attorney Evandro Carvalho. Refuting said promo, Collins took to social media:
In the race for District Attorney, Rachael Rollins crushed her closest rival Greg Henning to be the next Suffolk County DA.
For Governor’s Council, 4th District, Southie resident Mark Rooney lost to long time incumbent Chris Iannella.
For Democratic Candidate for Governor Jay Gonzalez won that spot on the ballot! Incumbent Secretary of State Bill Galvin kept his seat with a victory over Josh Zakim.
Sitting Congressman and Southie resident Steve Lynch won with 70% of the vote.
So there you have it! Phew!