Incumbent State Representative Carlo Basile beat challenger Celeste Myers during the state’s General Election on Tuesday. Unofficial results showed Basile finished with 4,959 votes to Myers 1,476 votes. Basile carried all 14 precincts.
Inside his headquarters surrounded by campaign staff and volunteers, Basile thanked them for their hard work throughout the campaign.
“I want to first have a moment of silence for the man that led this city for 20 years and led it well, the late great Mayor Thomas Menino, who was a great inspiration to me,” said Basile. “I want to thank my mother, Teresa, my sons, Carlo and Christian, and my brothers for all their love and support throughout this campaign. I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers that knocked on thousands of doors, hung hundreds of signs and made thousands of phone calls on my behalf.”
Basile said the campaign was not about him but about the community.
“It is you, the volunteers that make this community a great community because you care and you are involved,” said Basile. “East Boston’s best days are ahead and I’m happy to continue the work we started to add more open space, improve our schools, take care of our most vulnerable residents and begin a program of smart and balanced development.” Basile thanked his opponent for putting up a good fight.
“It is now time to unify as a community,” said Basile. “I respect the campaign that Celeste (Myers) ran because she cares deeply, as I do, about East Boston.”
Basile said he was proud to receive the support he did from voters and was honored to be re-elected.
“I am now ready to get back to work up at the State House and I hope to make you all proud,” he concluded.
Basile was first elected to office during a special election in 2007. Up until last night Basile had run unopposed for the last three elections.
Myers said at her campaign headquarters on Tuesday night, “Congratulations to Carlo. I supported him in 2007. Clearly, he has a strong base here in East Boston. Hopefully this gives him a renewed opportunity to really pull through for all of East Boston. That’s my ardent desire.”