Unless someone mounts a write-in campaign, Kevin Hayden, has been elected to be the next Suffolk County District Attorney after defeating Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. In a four-person race for the 15th Suffolk District rep seat, Sam Montaño will be going to the Statehouse after winning the Democratic Party primary, and there was no Republican candidate. https://twitter.com/isaiah_thompson/status/1567331029932703746
In the 2nd Suffolk District state senate race, current state Rep. Liz Miranda announced herself as the winner defeating fellow state Rep. Nika Elugardo, former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, Miniard Culpepper, and James Grant. In Congressional races, US Rep Ayanna Pressley (7th-D) will face Republican Donnie Palmer Jr. who was uncontested. US Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th-D) will face Republican Robert Burke.
This hasn't been your regular sleepy primary election season thanks to the very ugly Suffolk County District Attorney Democratic Party race. The primary is Tuesday, September 6, but mail-in voting is ongoing and can be submitted until 8 pm on Sept. 6. For those who voted with mail-in ballots, you can track your vote via the state's website. Not sure where you should vote?
The next JP Progressives political forum will be with Democratic Party candidates for Attorney General on July 13. The Democratic Party field includes former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Shannon Liss-Riordan, and Quentin Palfrey. Two of three candidates are confirmed to attend. The forum will be on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm via Zoom. Please Register at tinyurl.com/JPP-2022-AG.
JP Progressives next political forums will look at criminal justice with separate forums for Suffolk County District Attorney and Suffolk Country Sheriff on July 13. The Suffolk County District Attorney's forum will be with current DA Kevin Hayden, who became DA after Rachael Rollins was appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, and District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. The sheriff's race will be with incumbent Steve Tompkins and Sandy Zamor Calixte. The forum will be on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm via zoom. Please register here to attend the forum online.
Saying she cannot win, state Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz announced on Thursday that she is no longer running for Massachusetts governor. A Jamaica Plain resident, Chang-Díaz was regarded as an underdog to win the Democratic Party primary in September against Attorney General Maura Healey. Only a few weeks ago Chang-Díaz qualified for the primary, but she saw she could not win. She said she will be stopping her campaign, although her name will remain on the ballot. Chang-Díaz made history by becoming the first Latina and first Asian American elected to the state senate.