Adrian Madaro was elected to the First Suffolk District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in a special election Tuesday in East Boston.
Madaro, the Democratic nominee, garnered 90 percent of the vote in besting Independent candidate Joanne Pomodoro. Madaro, a 26-year-old lifelong resident who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tufts University, displayed strength at the polls across all 14 wards in East Boston, receiving 1,749 votes. Pomodoro received 190 votes.
Madaro will succeed Carlo Basile as the state representative for the district that consists of all of East Boston. Basile resigned in January to become chief secretary in the Governor Charlie Baker Administration.
Madaro entered the general election as the favorite, having defeated four candidates in a highly spirited and hard-fought Democratic primary March 3. Political observers lauded Madaro’s campaign as an impressive, well-organized effort that energized voters and articulated the candidate’s vision for a new East Boston.
Madaro celebrated at a victory party at Kelley’s Square Pub in East Boston. He thanked his supporters and his family, including his parents, Jacopo Madaro and Debra Cave.