By Cary Shuman
Attorney Joseph Boncore won in his hometown of Winthrop by a decisive margin and showed strength across the First Suffolk and Middlesex District on his way to topping the ticket in the Massachusetts State Senate Democratic Primary held Tuesday.
Boncore led the field of seven candidates in Winthrop with approximately 2,200 votes and garnered 4,021 votes overall.
Boncore also received strong votes in Revere, East Boston, the other Boston neighborhoods, and Cambridge to surge to an impressive victory.
Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo carried Revere but was second overall with 3,681 votes, followed by State Rep. Jay Livingstone (2,172), Lydia Edwards (2,084), Diana Hwang (1,930) Revere Councillor-at-Large Steve Morabito 627) and Paul Rogers (173). All vote tallies were unofficial at press time.
There were no Republican candidates in Tuesday’s election, meaning that Boncore will be unopposed in the general election on May 10.
The Senate race grew heated in the final few weeks leading up to the primary. Fliers with a negative tone were circulated in the district last week. Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo posted a statement Tuesday on Facebook indicating that he was “very disappointed this morning to learn” a campaign flier was distributed throughout the city without his [Arrigo’s] consent. “Just so everyone understands: I have not endorsed any candidate in the race.”
The Senate seat became vacant when Anthony Petruccelli of East Boston stepped down to take a position in the private sector. The seat had been held by an East Boston resident for decades.