Even though media had already declared Nika Elugardo the winner of the 15th Suffolk District state representative race, she wasn't ready to declare victory. The holdup was a pesky broken ballot box in one precinct and Elugardo needed to know the final vote tally across the district. But it wasn't until she got a phone call from a certain politician congratulating her on being victorious that let her know she won. Within a short time the ballot box was fixed and Elugardo took home 52 percent of the vote to incumbent Jeffrey Sánchez's 47 percent, making her victory one of the biggest upsets in recent Massachusetts election history! And that phone call? It was a voicemail message from Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, said Elugardo to Jamaica Plain News.
Check out this video of At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's emotional response to learning she had won the US 7th Congressional District race. This video was shared by Jesse Mermell, who was ready to press record when Pressley was told she won.
Massachusetts politics just got shook up! Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated 1o-time incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano. Nika Elugardo has defeated state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, taking down the chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. But wait -- there's more! Rachael Rollins has won the Democratic Party nomination for the Suffolk County District Attorney seat.
This is going to be a very busy Election Day! There are several hotly contested races at the state, county and congressional levels. The polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm so you've got lots of time to vote! Let's start with where to vote. Not sure where to vote?
A campaign flyer from a local state rep candidate incorrectly attributes a false statement about his opponent to Jamaica Plain News. Jamaica Plain News and some other areas residents received an emailed flyer Aug. 21 from the campaign of Ture Turnbull, who is running against state Rep. Liz Malia in the 11th Suffolk District state representative Democratic Primary Sept. 4. The same flyer was mailed to some homes prior to Aug.