By John Lynds
Last Thursday’s State Primary was quiet with low voter turnout in East Boston and across the state. With many incumbents running unopposed, few ventured out to cast a ballot for incumbents and even those incumbents who had challengers.
The story of the day was former At-Large Boston City Councilor and former Council President Stephen Murphy’s road back to elected office after losing his council seat in 2015.
Murphy, who entered the race for the open Suffolk County Register of Deeds seat early, won the Democratic Nomination last Thursday in a seven-person race.
In a crowded field that included Douglas Bennett, Stephanie Everett, Katherine Forde, Michael Mackan, Paul Nutting and Jeffrey Ross, all of Boston, Murphy took 32 percent of the vote in Suffolk County and came out on top with 10,995 votes.
Murphy, a well known political figure among voters here, easily beat the other six candidates and received 459 votes out of the neighborhood. His closet opponent was Katherine Forde with 185 votes.
Murphy will face independent candidates Joseph Donnelly, Jr., Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and John Keith in November but is heavily favored in the general election.
“I am very gratified by the breadth of our victory,” said Murphy. “We won in Boston, Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea with a positive message that resonated with voters, and a great team of elected officials, opinion leaders and volunteers that out-worked every other campaign. I look forward to doing it all again on November 8 as the Democratic nominee.”
Incumbent Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins defeated challenger Alexander Rhalimi and received 77 percent of the vote in the county with 24,764. Rhalimi ended the night with 7,440 votes.
Eastie was no different and backed Tompkins for the nomination. Tompkins ended the night here with 750 votes to Rhalimi’s 333 votes.
Tompkins will be unopposed in November.
“I want to express my gratitude to all of you for playing a significant roll in my bid to continue serving as Suffolk County Sheriff,” said Tompkins. “From holding signs, distributing palm cards, holding house parties and carrying conversations about the work that we’re doing at the department, I want to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your continued support. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve as your sheriff and I look forward to continuing my service to the people of Suffolk County.”
Eastie voters also supported Governor’s Councilor Terrence Kennedy against challengers Stephen Borelli and Richard DiMeo. Kennedy won the race Thursday night in the district as well as beating both Borelli and DiMeo in Eastie despite Eastie’s elected officials endorsing Borelli’s campaign. In Eastie Kennedy ended with 452 votes with Borelli finishing second with 356 votes and DiMeo a distant third with 209 votes.
Incumbent candidates State Representative Adrian Madaro, State Senator Joseph Boncore and U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano all ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary and will be unopposed in November.
Councilor in the Sixth District
Democrat, Terrerence W. Kennedy of 3 Stafford Rd., Lynnfield, Present Governor’s Councillor; candidate for re-nomination, received 75 percent of the votes at 31,674.
Democrat, Stephen Borelli, 24 Hanover Ave., Boston, received 18 percent at 7,581.
Democrat, Richard J. DiMeo, 50 Monmouth St., Boston, received 7 percent at 2,925.
Sheriff, Suffolk County
Democrat, Steven W. Tompkins of 196 Williams Ave., Boston, Present Sheriff; candidate for Re-nomination, received 77 percent of the vote at 24,764.
Democrat, Alexander Rhalimi of 34 Highland St., Revere, received 23 percent of the vote at 7,440.
Register of Deeds, Suffolk District
Democrat, Stephen J. Murphy, 141 Warren Ave., Boston, former City Council President, County Commissioner, received 32 percent of the vote at 10,995.
Democrat, Katherine V. Forde, 670 Hyde Park Ave., Boston, received 27 percent at 9,165.
Democrat, Stepanie L. Everett, 197 Manchester St., Boston, received 11 percent at 3,902.
Democrat, Douglas Bennet of 37 South Munroe Ter., Boston, received 10 percent at 3,310.
Democrat, Jeffrey Michael Ross, 554 B Massachusetts Ave., Boston, received 10 percent at 3,593.
Democrat, Paul F. Nutting, JR., 385 Savin Hill Ave., Boston, received 8 percent at 2,736.
Democrat, Michael B. Mackan, 39 Bearse Ave., Boston, received 2 percent at 817.