We congratulate Joseph Boncore on his victory in the Massachusetts State Senate Democratic Primary Special Election that was held April 12.
Joe is unopposed in the general election on May 10, so he stands poised to become our next state senator and succeed Anthony Petruccelli in this esteemed position as one of 40 senators statewide.
Joe conducted an outstanding campaign throughout the district that includes the entire neighborhood of East Boston. Joe’s hometown of Winthrop rewarded his strong record of public service (he is chairman of the Winthrop Housing Authority) with a tremendous vote that helped propel him to victory.
Joe also received a very strong vote in East Boston where his father, Winthrop Town Councillor-at-Large Philip Boncore, has had his law offices for many years and where Joe and his brother, Robert, practice law. The Boncore family has supported East Boston civic and community organizations and Joe will certainly represent their interests very well on Beacon Hill.
Joe displayed popularity across the district, where his message of optimism and helping all generations resonated with voters across the political spectrum.
Moreover Joe displayed a tremendous knowledge of the issues and problems – education, the opioid crisis, public safety, and pay equity for all – that are facing the Conmonwealth and the nation. Joe impressed everyone he met on the campaign trail Voters universally acknowledged both his intelligence and his sincerity in his desire to make our state a better place to live for all residents.
We have no doubt that Joe will represent East Boston and the rest of his senatorial district very well in the State Senate.
We must also note the other excellent candidates who made this such an exciting election and who brought credit to themselves with their campaigns.
East Boston resident Lydia Edwards received the most votes in East Boston and Cambridge while highlighting issues that were important to her and to voters across the district. She articulated well her message at the various candidates’ forums held throughout the campaign. Diana Hwang received the most votes in the Boston wards and precincts while running an impressive campaign. Paul Rogers of East Boston also made his presence felt in the campaign while speaking out on issues that are important to East Boston residents.
We also commend former Revere mayor Dan Rizzo, who finished in second place overall, State Rep. Jay Livingstone of Beacon Hill who is running for re-election to the Beacon Hill state representative seat, and Revere Councillor-at-Large Steven Morabito for their well-organized campaigns and fine records of public service in their communities.