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John Lawn Wins Democratic Primary For 10th Middlesex State Rep. Seat

Lawn will face Republican James Dixon in the general election on Tuesday, May 10.

For nearly an hour after the polls closed at 8 p.m., the mood at in Waltham was one of nervous excitement, as more than 50 supporters of John Lawn waited anxiously for the results of the Democratic primary election for the 10th Middlesex District state representative seat.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the crowd erupted into cheers — Lawn, a , had won the Democratic nomination, over three other Democratic candidates.

Lawn now faces Republican , of Waltham in the Tuesday, May 10 special general election. Dixon was the only Republican on the ballot. The winner of the May election will replace former State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, .

In a statement issued the day after the election, Dixon congratulated Lawn.

"Now the voters of the 10th Middlesex District will have two very clear paths to choose from. The current path has lead to high taxes, high unemployment, businesses, jobs and people leaving our district and our state," he said. 

Lawn garnered 876 votes, defeating , who received 738 votes. ., received 460 votes and , of Waltham, got 327 votes.

Lawn won Watertown with 412 votes, many more than Ciccone’s and Durkee’s 17 votes each. Marchese received 33 votes in Watertown. In total, 479 people voted in Watertown.

“As great as this victory is, I certainly know I did not do this alone,” said Lawn during his victory speech. “I did it with all of your help. It was a tremendous effort in a short period of time.”

For video of Lawn’s victory, click the photo box to the right.

Lawn, who has served on the Watertown Town Council for six years, announced his candidacy on Monday, Feb. 7, nearly a month after Koutoujian was named to his current post.

“I knew getting into this race that it was geographically set against me. But, I thought it was a race [that] if I worked really hard, and got my message out and good people behind me, that I could be successful.”

Koutoujian was on hand to help celebrate the win, but warned Lawn’s supporters that the hard work had yet to begin. 

“This is not a shoo-in,” said Koutoujian. “We need to get behind John Lawn ... nothing will be taken for granted. We’ve got a strong Republican opponent that just ran. He’s got high name recognition. It’s a time when Republicans are doing very well out there right now. We need to all get behind, and I will be with every one of you, getting behind John Lawn as he continues his great work.”

With the general election less than a month away, Lawn vowed to return to the campaign trail immediately.

“It’s an election against a Republican and this is a heavy Democratic area, but we have seen in the state what has happened. I cannot take this lightly. I will start working tomorrow morning.”

The other candidates were gracious in their defeat, including Durkee. From his election night gathering atin Waltham, Durkee conceded the race to Lawn after receiving unofficial results. Durkee said he would gladly support Lawn in the general election.

“He was gracious … in his victory,” Durkee said of speaking with Lawn by telephone.

In Waltham, Durkee received 24 votes in Ward 5, Precinct 1, 20 in Ward 5, Precinct 2, 58 each in Ward 6, Precincts 1 and 2, five Ward 7, Precinct 2, 37 in Ward 8, Precincts 1 and 27 in Ward 8, Precinct 2. He also received 32 votes in Ward 9, Precinct 1, and Ward 9, Precinct 2. In total, he received 272 votes in Waltham, placing third throughout the city.

Newton Alderman Allan Ciccone Jr. trailed Durkee with 54 votes. Marchese won the city with 659 votes and Lawn placed second with 361 votes. In total, 1352 people voted in Waltham.

Although Durkee did not give a speech to his group of gathered supporters, in an interview with Patch, he thanked them for their hard work and support.

“I don’t regret getting into the race. I gave everything I had,” Durkee told Patch.

With his loss, Durkee said he would continue working as a business manager at Lincoln Laboratory, and catch up on personal items, such as visiting the doctor.

“I need to catch up on a lot of things,” he said.

For a video of Durkee reflecting on his loss, click on the photo box at the top right.

The scene was similar at Ciccone’s election night gathering. Shortly after Ciccone saw the election results for Watertown’s precinct, he looked at Aldermen President Scott Lennon and asked for John Lawn’s phone number.

“I gave (Lawn) my congratulations and he congratulated me on a great campaign,” Ciccone told Patch at his campaign’s headquarters at in Nonantum. 

The Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues at the tavern. Everyone was huddled around a laptop adding up the numbers as they came in.

Ciccone received 389 of a total 611 votes cast in Newton, with 113 of those votes coming from Ward 1, Precinct 1, 178 from Ward 1, Precinct 4 and 78 from Ward 3, Precinct 4.

Lawn came in second in the city with 103 votes overall and Marchese rounded out the top three with 46 votes.

After conceding the race, Ciccone stepped back into the tavern and thanked his supporters, asking them to “get behind our Democrat” and support Lawn in the general election.

As for what he could have done differently on the campaign trail, Ciccone said he “is going to need a couple of days” to sit back and reflect on the last couple months. For now, though, he is looking forward to running his re-election campaign for alderman-at-large.

Ward 6 Alderman-at-Large Charlie Shapiro was at the tavern alongside Lennon to support their colleague. Ciccone’s family also stood by his side, staying optimistic until the very end.  

“I’m proud of him and everything he has accomplished and learned throughout this entire race,” said Ciccone’s nephew Robert March.

Sonny Beaches April 13, 2011 at 05:16 PM
"Watertown's Lawn" hosts his events in Waltham. His first legislative priority if elected should be to author legislation offering financial inducements to anyone opening a restaurant in Watertown.
matty77 April 13, 2011 at 07:33 PM
What's wrong with that? Waltham is part of the district....
james pillion April 13, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Allan Ciccone Jr we are proud of you and continue the great work you do for NEWTON
Diane Parry April 13, 2011 at 09:15 PM
The message here is clear. Pure arrogance. The election of Lawn is a foregone conclusion, now let's get on to the next higher office. Career politicians and a one party system have corrupted our state for far too long. The choice now is clear for all of us who are fed up with being fed on. Vote for Jim Dixon.
sandra damirjian April 13, 2011 at 09:21 PM
VOTE for Jim Dixon and you will be represented in the legilature by a Waltham resident, a veteran, and a man who has a record of working on behalf of all the people....Jim Dixon a Voice of the People.
Bill Fowler April 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM
A vote for Jim Dixon is a vote to insure South Waltham will have no voice at the state house. With just a handful of republicans he will be a non factor in the decision making process. We need someone who can work with the leadership to insure the needs of the citizens of Waltham will be met.
The Voters are Coming ! April 14, 2011 at 01:05 PM
The people have voted on "The Leadership" of Beacon Hill. They VOTED WITH THEIR FEET and LEFT Massachusetts following the Jobs ! " The Leadership" has often been led away in handcuffs ! Waltham is over 50 % UNENROLLED because the voters can see where we're going. The Republicans doubled their ranks in November. The trend is clear. REAL leadership is taking care of your people first and foremost....NOT taking care of your political career first. The voters of Massachusetts are CHOOSING real leadership. Capt. Jim Dixon is a US Navy tested REAL LEADER who will restore this district and Massachusetts to a Leadership position in this country. It's Capt. Jim or ....same old, same old... Your Choice ?
bostonrob April 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Wow! You sound like someone who is taking Lawn's campaign very personally, why are your comments so nasty? I just started following this campaign and I have to say all the Democratic candidates seemed to have conducted themselves very well, there was no negativity. I hope this theme continues and that Lawn and Dixon will run civilized campaigns.
bostonrob April 15, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Do you know how far South Waltham is from Watertown, from Lawn's district? It is probably a half mile from his house! What are you talking about?
Paul Fahey April 17, 2011 at 08:30 PM
You meant GPS of course right? You took a bad turn here...you were trying to get to Howie Carr and the Herald. That is where they disparage anyone who thinks differently from the Cap'n. John is a good guy and will be a good Rep...his six years as a Councilor in Watertown is proof of that. The other guys seem fine too and conceded in a classy way. Take a lesson.
Paul Fahey April 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM
LOL...you are a student of Howiedum for sure. Clueless and insulting. Good for you!
Paul Fahey April 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Why would I waste three seconds trying to have a serious discussion with someone who started with commenting on where Lawn held his victory party?? You are a hater dude...wouldn't waste my breath. Have wasted too much already!
Paul Fahey April 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM
What a waste of time. See ya.
Beth D'Amato April 20, 2011 at 08:06 AM
It's that attitude of defeat that keeps Republicans out in the cold. And the statement of saying "a handful of republicans will be a non factor in the decision making process." For the love of God - this is PRECISELY why we need another Republican on Bacon Hill. If the voters in this stubborn state realized this last November, we'd probably have a fair number of each party right now. One Party Rule is killing us!!
Jack Nusan Porter May 15, 2011 at 05:17 AM
As a Newton resident, I saw little interaction from the canddiates with Newton except for Mr. Ciccone and Mr. Marchese--Mr. Lawn could have been on another planet. But he won his home turf and that put him over. Mr. Marchese came very close. If Mr. Durkee had not run, I think he might have won. As it is, I know little about John Lawn except he is a democrat as I am, but I am tring to appeal to all sides--Repubs, dems, Indys, etc. I am also running for Newton alderman ward 2 by the way. My best to you all. Jack Porter

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