Seven Candidates Vying for Senate Seat on Tuesday

April 7, 2016
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Revere voters are focusing their political sights on the First Suffolk and Middlesex District State Senate Special Election set for this Tuesday, April 12.

Seven Democratic candidates, including two from Revere, former mayor Dan Rizzo and current Councillor-at-Large Steven Maribito, have been campaigning for the seat previously held by Anthony Petruccelli, who stepped down to take a position in the private sector.

The other candidates in the race are Lydia Edwards, Diana Hwang, and Paul Rogers of East Boston, Joseph Boncore of Winthrop, and State Rep. Jay Livingstone of Beacon Hill. The candidates have been meeting voters at events across the district, knocking on doors, and participating in candidate forums. With six days remaining before Election Day, political observers say the race is “too close to call.”

Revere Election Diane R. Colella said that 12,308 Revere residents are registered as Democrats. There are 12,540 Unenrolled voters who can also cast their ballots in the primary.

Colella also said that there are 454 voters who have already cast absentee ballots for the primary. The election official has presided over a busy department between the Presidential Primary held March 1and the State Senate Special Election. Voters requested 2,436 changes in their voting status from Jan. 1 to March 23.

The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will in essence become the next state senator for the district as there are no Republican candidates running for the seat.

Colella said polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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