By Juhi Varma
Primary voters have chosen Democrat Katherine Clark and Republican Frank Addivinola as their favored candidates in the fifth congressional race.
State Senator Clark, who has been campaigning heavily for Ed Markey’s vacated seat throughout the year, won by a veritable landslide on Tuesday, October 15. The 50-year-old Melrose native easily outstripped her four opponents: Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Medford State Representative Carl Sciortino, Belmont State Senator William Brownsberger, and Framingham State Senator Karen Spilka.
Of Revere’s 25,157 registered voters, only 2,984 showed up to cast their ballots before polls closed Tuesday night. Revere’s clear winner was Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, who received 1,008 democratic ballots. Koutoujian’s high score was closely followed by Clark’s 846 votes and Sciorinto’s 321. Boston lawyer Frank Addivinola finished with 49 percent of the GOP votes.
Addivinola collected 260 of Revere’s 436 republican votes. Framingham veteran Tom Tierney received 95, and Harvard scientist and Holliston native Michael Stopa, 74.
Clark and Addivinola will face off in December for a seat in Congress.
Clark’s supporters gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Melrose Tuesday night. The victorious crowd chanted her name as she went to the podium.
“We won tonight not just on the strength of our message, but on the passion of our messengers,” Clark stated. “I’m so unbelievably proud of the campaign we’ve run. Because I believe ours is a cause worth fighting for … a cause that says republican extremists have to stop attacking women’s rights and start solving the issues facing our families … As dysfunctional as D.C. is, there is always – always – a better way forward … With your help on Dec. 10, I am going to go to Congress and be your voice. I am going to put your family’s concerns back on the table in Congress.”
At his victory party in Woburn, Addivinola thanked his supporters, especially his wife, and stated, “We have a message that resonates with voters. What people are concerned about are economics and jobs. We’re talking about how we can get this economy to function again. I’m battle-tested. I’m going to work hard to get my message out.