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.
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?
State representative races are usually sleepy affairs. The incumbent is often unopposed in the primary, maybe they face an also-ran candidate or a perennial candidate. This is not the case for this year's 15th Suffolk District state rep race in which incumbent Jeffrey Sánchez is challenged by Nika Elugardo. Sánchez was first elected in 2003, and is in the first year of being the chair of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. Elugardo was not a novice to the local political scene, having been a senior policy advisor to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-2nd Suffolk).
The Democratic Party primary for the 15th Suffolk District state representative seat is a live one! Incumbent Jeffrey Sánchez and his campaign team is out in the district working hard, as is his opponent Nika Elugardo and her team. And organizations are also paying attention to the race as both candidates have their fare share of endorsements. Here is a list of organizations that have endorsed both candidates. Mind you this is not a list of individuals who have endorsed the candidates, as several noted people have endorsed the candidates.