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Finegold, Garry Win Legislative Seats, Espinola Wins Hometown Of Dracut

Nov 07, 2018 05:00PM ● By Lisa Redmond

DRACUT – State Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut, cruised to victory in the 2018 State Election Tuesday beating her Republican challenger, Raymond Leczynski, also of Dracut, by a nearly two-to-one margin.

Based on unofficial results released by Dracut Town Clerk Kathleen Graham, Garry, who has served as state representative of the 36th Middlesex District for more than two decades, won by a vote of 7,976 to 4,746. Lecyznski was a first-time candidate.

“I want to thank my family, friends and campaign volunteers who worked so hard and, of course, to all the voters who cast ballots for me. I’m so appreciative of all the support I received," said Leczynski, in a post on his campaign Facebook page. "While the numbers weren’t on our side, this was absolutely a victory toward better government.”

During her campaign, Garry touted her dedication to the district and her knowledge, after 24 years, of the Statehouse and the communities. If re-elected, she vowed to focus on issues surrounding health care, the battle against opioid addiction and education.

"So very thankful for all of my family, friends, supporters and, most importantly, the voters of Dracut and Tyngsborough who showed their support yesterday and over the early voting and absentee voting!" said Garry, in a posting on her Facebook page. "I am one blessed woman! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!! God bless!"

In the race to succeed state Sen. Barbara L'Italien in the 2nd Essex-Middlesex District (Dracut, Tewksbury, Andover, Lawrence), Democrat Barry Finegold, of Andover, easily defeated Republican Joe Espinola, of Dracut, 67.9 to 37.2 percent. The raw totals were 35,408 to 20,992.

"I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to once again serve Andover, Dracut, Lawrence & Tewksbury in the State Senate," said Finegold, in a post on his Facebook page. "Thank you to my wonderful family, team and incredible volunteers for making this win possible. I promise to be a relentless advocate for our district and work tirelessly for its residents. Excited to get to work for you!"

Espinola won his home town of Dracut by more than 1,000 votes. But Finegold carried Tewksbury and Andover and won the city of Lawrence by a decisive 4-1 margin.

"On Tuesday I had 20,000 more votes than I had on Monday and that is something to be said about our campaign message that we got out to the voters," said Espinola, in a message on his campaign Facebook page. "We are not going away we are just sharpening our skills for our next journey. Thank you all again, and congratulations and best of luck to Barry Finegold."

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were big winners statewide, as well as in Dracut, receiving 10,210 votes compared to challengers Jay Gonzalez and running mate Quentin Palfrey who earned 2,420 votes.

While incumbent U.S. Senator Elizabeth A. Warren, a Democrat, had a solid victory in Massachusetts, her Republican challenger Geoff Diehl won Dracut by a slim 1,517 votes. Diehl scored 6,873 votes compared to Warren’s 5,356. Newcomer Shiva Ayyadurai received 674 votes.

Voter turnout was extremely strong, with 13,164 of Dracut's 21,926 registered voters (60.0 percent) casting ballots.

In other local and state races, Dracut residents cast the following votes:

Attorney General

(D) Maura Healey- 7,352

(R) James R. McMahon III – 5,456

Secretary of State

(D) William Francis Galvin – 7,926

(R) Anthony M. Amore – 4,537

(G-R) Juan G. Sanchez, Jr. - 288


(D) Deborah B. Goldberg - 7,130

(R) Keiko M. Orrall – 4,971

(Green-Rainbow) Jamie M. Guerin- 381


(D) Suzanne M. Bump – 5,977

(R) Helen Brady – 5,762

(L) Daniel Fishman - 443

(G-R) Edward J. Stamas - 243

Representative in Congress

(D) Lori Loureiro Trahan – 6,956

(R) Rick Green – 5,443

(I) Michael P. Mullen - 440


(D) Eileen R. Duff – 6,031

(R) Richard A. Baker – 5,711

(L) Marc C. Mercier - 539

Senator in General Court

(D) Barry R. Finegold – 5,779

(R)Joseph M. Espinola III – 6,814

State Representative in General Court

(D) Colleen Garry – 7,976

(R) Raymond G. Leczynski – 4,746

District Attorney

(D) Marian T. Ryan – 9,320

Clerk of Courts

(D) Michael A. Sullivan – 9,269

Register of Deeds

(D) Richard P. Howe Jr.- 7,822

(U) Karen M. Cassella – 3,774

Regional School Committee

(Dracut representative)

Brady O. McGarron- 4,909

Matthew J. Sheehan – 5,970

Regional School Committee

Fred Bahou – 6,035

George W. O’Hare – 7,074

Regional School Committee


George A. Tatseos – 8,598

Question One

Yes- 2,785

No- 10,148

Question Two

Yes – 7,758

No- 4,876

Question Three

Yes- 6,886

No – 5,947

Complete voting for Dracut in the 2018 General Election can be found here.

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