UPDATED ELECTION BLOG: John Lawn Wins Democratic Primary for Middlesex State Rep
Watertown Town Councilman John Lawn will face Republican James Dixon in general election on May 10.
9:40 p.m., Ciccone HQ: Earlier tonight, Ciccone thanked his supporters and asked them to "get behind our Democrat" and support Lawn for the May 10 special election. Ciccone received 389 votes out of a total 613 votes cast in Newton.
Lawn received 103 of the total votes in Newton, with the most coming in from Ward 1 Precinct 1 (45 votes).
9:08 p.m, Lawn HQ: Patch reporter Matt Tempesta reporting Lawn has officially won the Democratic primary.
9:05 p.m., Durkee HQ: Durkee just said he called Lawn and conceded the race.
8:50 p.m., Ciccone HQ: Ciccone has stepped outside to call Lawn to concede the race. Lots of supporters here at West Street Tavern, including Ward 6 Alderman-at-Large Charlie Shapiro and President Scott Lennon.
8:47 p.m., from Lawn HQ at Shopper's Cafe in Waltham: Patch correspondent Matt Tempesta reports the following unofficials results, which have Lawn winning: Watertown precinct: Lawn: 876, Marchese: 738, Ciccone: 460, Durkee: 269.
About 50 people have gathered with Lawn, munching on buffalo wings.
UPDATED, 8:29 p.m., Durkee HQ:
Results form Waltham:
Ward 5, Precinct 1: Durkee: 24, Ciccone: 12, Lawn: 121, Marchese: 230
Ward 5, Precinct: Durkee: 20, Ciccone: 3, Lawn: 14, Marchese; 93
Ward 8, Precinct 1: Durkee: 37, Ciccone, 2, Lawn: 14, Marchese: 52
Results from Watertown
Precinct 10: Durkee: 7, Ciccone: 17, Lawn: 412, Marchese: 33
UPDATED, 8:05 p.m., Durkee HQ, The Skellig, Waltham: The polls are now closed. We are awaiting results. Sean Durkee is gathered with many friends and family, enjoying drinks and food as we await results. Spirits are high!
UPDATED 3:45 p.m. Ward 1, Precinct 1 and Ward 1, Precinct 4 polling locations, Pellegrini Field House and Lincoln-Eliot Elementary school:
Similar to turnout in Waltham and Watertown, traffic has been light at the polling locations today in Newton.
Around 2:45, the Pellegrini Field House (Ward 1, Precinct 4) had only seen 132 voters. Tony Battista, who works with the Newton Election Commission, said he expected a total of about 200 voters before polls close at 8 p.m.
Over at Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School (Ward 1, Precinct 1) only 110 voters had turned in ballots as of 3 p.m. According to wardens working at the polling location, the peak hours were around 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The number of voters each hour have ranged from 13-16 people.
The low turnout is not surprising, the wardens said, as they don't think many people know about the primary. They are expecting more voters for the May 10 special election.
Additionally, supporters with signs were not outside Lincoln-Eliot nor Pellegrini. Franklin Elementary School (Ward 3, Precinct 4) only had a few cars parked outside around 3:30 p.m., but no visible supporters. Most houses around Franklin, though, had signs supporting Allan Ciccone Jr.
2:43 p.m., Precinct 10 polling place, Watertown Police Station: Turnout has been quite light in Watertown for the state representative race. As of 2:15 p.m., 244 ballots had been cast, said Deanna Dement Myers, the warden for precinct 10. She estimates there are about 1,800 voters in the precinct, which is the only one voting in today's election.
"Most people voting are Democrats, becuase the only (contested) race is for the Democrats," Dement Myers said. "We don't know who they are voting for, of course."
Dement Myers said expects the total turnout to be around 500 voters today.
12:55 p.m., Ward 5 polling place, the former Bright School, Waltham: Despite the fair weather, voter turnout appears to be rather low. As of 12:20 p.m., only 184 residents out of 3,681 registered voters had cast their ballots.
One voter, Lorraine Lavoie, said several factors compelled her to vote. First, she said she thought voting was important because many countries worldwide do not ofer their citizens an opportunity to cast ballots.
"I think voting is important," she said.
Lavoie also said she was concerned about the needs of elderly residents like her as well as disabled individuals. Others factors also drew her to the polls.
"Healthcare is important," she said. "I think [the state government] could easily cut some of these executive salaries [of state employees]."
Anthony Pellegrini Jr., who was signholding for candidate Allan Ciccone Jr., said he thought health, budget and accessibility to representatives, drew people to the polls.
"That's the key, access to politicians," Pellegrini said.
Meet the Candidates
Check out video profiles and Q&As with each of the candidates:
- Waltham resident Sean Durkee
- Waltham City Councilor Gary Marchese
- Watertown Town Councilor John Lawn
- Newton Alderman Allan Ciccone Jr. (Jay)
Waltham resident Jim Dixon is running under the Republican ticket, however, he is the only official Republican in the race.
The candidates are looking to fill the seat of former State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, who was appointed sheriff of Middlesex County earlier this year.
Debating the Issues
Last month, Patch featured a series of videos from debates with the Democratic candidates. Check out topics including:
- Health care, budget cuts and casinos
- Alimony and public unions
- Whether candidates will keep their current posts if elected to state rep. position
Candidates also answered questions at a forum hosted by young journalists in Watertown late last month.
Where Do I Vote?
The 10th Middlesex District covers Waltham Wards 5 and 6, Ward 7, Precinct 2 and Wards 8 and 9; Newton Ward 1 Precincts 1 and 4 and Ward 3 Precinct 4; and Watertown Precinct 10.
Stay tuned to Patch throughout the day today for updates from the polls and up-to-the-minute results. Share your thoughts and election day information in the comments box below.