Because of the incredible amount of work Young Democrats across the Commonwealth put in over the past year, we saw amazing results for Democrats and for our endorsed candidates on Tuesday. Here’s the run-down:
Elizabeth Warren turned out an outstanding victory and will be the first woman Senator from Massachusetts. Congressman John Tierney beat challenger Richard Tisei and will be returning for another term representing the 6th Congressional District. And we have a new Young Democrat as our Congressman-elect waiting to begin his service, Joe Kennedy III.
Senate President Therese Murray‘s leadership as the highest ranking woman in the legislature won her a re-election in Plymouth & Barnstable. Progressive champion and former Young Democrat Jamie Eldridge will be returning to continue his fight for progressive taxes and equality. Pat Jehlen was lucky to have run uncontested, and continue to fight for us for another four years in the 2nd Middlesex. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be replacing Senator Baddour after his resignation, and we wish her much luck in her first term. We unfortunately did not win the Plymouth and Norfolk race, but Genevieve Davis ran a good campaign, and we thank her for giving voters the opportunity to support a Democrat on the ticket.
State House of Representatives
Barbara L’Italien ran a tough, tough race in the 18th Essex, but was unfortunately defeated by just 500 votes. Josh Cutler was able to win a seat in the 6th Plymouth formerly held by a Republican. Our Metro-West allies: Tom Sannicandro and Carolyn Dykema both secured re-election in the 7th and 8th Middlesex seats respectively. Unfortunately Sherry Costa-Hanlon, Marilee Kenney Hunt, Don Bourque, Kathleen Walker, and Keith Carreiro failed to unseat their Republican opponents even after running strong campaigns. We appreciate their efforts and hard work on their campaigns and thank them for running. Jeff Roy will take over from Democrat James Vallee in the 10th Norfolk. Young Democrats Carl Sciortino and Sean Garballey we’re decisively re-elected; both with over 80% of the votes in their districts. Young Democrat Danielle Gregoire also came back to win a seat for the 2nd time. We look forward to seeing these young legislators working together again. Paul Heroux unseated his opponent, an incumbent Republican, and will now be serving the people of the 2nd Bristol district. And finally, Jim O’Day, another progressive champion, beat not one, but two opponents to secure another term. Congratulations and thank you to all of our candidates!
Overall, Democrats picked up one seat in the State Senate, four in the State House of Representatives, protected our all-Democratic representatives to Washington D.C. and added women and youth into the delegation. Good work Young Democrats!