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While his opponents attacked his record and called for change, state Rep. Barry Finegold stuck to what has proven successful for him knocking on doors and talking to voters.
“I think if you run a grassroots, retail campaign where you listen, I think that is what voters are looking for,” Finegold said.
Voters will choose between Finegold and Republican Jamison Tomasek Nov. 2 in a contest to fill the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District seat, representing Andover, Lawrence, Tewksbury, and Dracut.
Incumbent Sen. Susan Tucker, D Andover, is not seeking re election. Tomasek, an Andover accountant, won the Republican nomination with 59 percent of the vote.
“This was a great step tonight,” Finegold said in a speech to supporters at Palmer’s Restaurant and Tavern in Andover. “We haven’t reached our ultimate goal. We have more to do.”
Debbie Silberstein, an Andover attorney and a member of the Andover School Committee, took second with 28 percent and Andover businessman Jack Wilson came in third with 26 percent. (Eight percent voted for Dracut resident John Kelly, who withdrew from the race in June but remained on the ballot.)
Finegold’s strong base in Lawrence, where Finegold took 46 percent of the vote, helped the state representative of 13 years to victory.
Silberstein felt proud of her campaign and thanked supporters.
“We knocked on 2,
000 doors, raised a tremendous amount of money,” Silberstein said. “We had more endorsements than we ever thought we’d get.”
She believes there was nothing more she could have done and felt her campaign surprised a lot of people with a second place finish.
“I think that if you look across the state, maybe even the country statistically, it’s very hard to beat an incumbent representative that runs for a state senate seat,” Silberstein said.
Wilson, who finished third, said he was very proud of his campaign and said he did everything the way he intended. He believes that although Finegold took the primary, it won’t be an easy road to November for him.
“I think the anti incumbent sentiment and the disconnect between voters and incumbents is very real,” Wilson said. “The anger hasn’t gone anywhere.”
Tomasek beats Rahilly for Republican nod
Tomasek won the Republican state Senate nomination by beating Tewksbury resident Patrick Rahilly.
In primary elections, Tomasek said, voters are looking for the best candidate to win.
“Voters are assessing a candidate’s ability to beat the candidate from the other side,” Tomasek said. “I presented a more attractive candidate to compete against Barry Finegold or whoever was going to win the Democratic nomination.”
Tomasek believes the tough Democratic campaign will hurt Finegold in November.
“The Democrats have just chewed each other up and this message isn’t resonating,” Tomasek said.” I’ve had people lean over to me and say ‘I can’t vote for you on Tuesday because I’m a Democrat but I’m with you in November.'”
Rahilly won 75 percent of the vote in Tewksbury, but had less support in other areas. “It’s an emotional day,” Rahilly said. “You’ve worked for six months, you work a little harder in one town and you may have won or got it a little closer.”
Rahilly refused to endorse Tomasek, pointing to rumors that Tomasek attacked him and his family personally.
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