By Aaron Keebaugh
After a lengthy and expensive campaign season, the 2012 general election is over. With 33,946 residents casting their votes on Tuesday, Revere had a high turnout.
Revere voters made a strong showing for President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who took 65.16% of the vote. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan grabbed 32.52%. Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray received .73% (124 votes) while the Green-Rainbow Party platform of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala earned .42% (72 votes).
The biggest surprise of the day was the senatorial race between incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. Statewide, Warren defeated Brown by 8 points. In Revere, the difference was greater: Warren received 58.54% to Brown’s 39.82%—a span of over 3,000 votes.
The results caused varied reactions. Councillor-at-Large and lone Republican Anthony Zambuto, a supporter of Brown, lamented Wednesday, “if a guy like Scott Brown can’t get elected here, then no independent Republican can ever get elected.” He continued: “The demographic has changed so much in the city. We knew we were fighting an uphill battle. I don’t feel bad for Scott—he’ll land on his feet—but I feel bad for the state. Warren will not be bipartisan and will only be a button-pusher for Obama.”
Councillor Brian Arrigo also expressed surprise over the size of Warren’s victory in the city, especially since Brown held a relatively high profile and a number of the city councillors publicly endorsed him only a few weeks ago. Warren drew the union support because the city still has strong ties with blue-collar workers, Arrigo reasoned. But like Zambuto, he noted the change in demographics. Since last year, Revere gained over 1000 new voters, some of whom became enfranchised due to the city’s Office of New Residents, he said. “Everyone understands that the city is changing. It’s a wakeup call. We need something like the Office of New Residents to engage people who are new to the city,” Arrigo said.
Zambuto said that he was most shocked by the presidential results. “I didn’t realize that we had reached a tipping point. The demographics are tough for any Republican to ever win again.”
Arrigo painted a different picture. “I’m excited that we get the opportunity to see more progress being made with health care reform, creating jobs, and getting the economy on track.”
Other races came out as expected:
Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who ran unopposed, will return to the State House after receiving 73.97% of the vote. Robert DeLeo won a large victory over Winthrop Republican Paul Caruccio, 72.69% to 16.24%. Anthony Petruccelli defeated Thomas Dooley, 70.96% to 14.31%, to retain his seat in the State Senate.
Congressman Ed Markey retained his Congressional seat by a wide margin, beating Republican Tom Tierney 70.71% to 17.94%.
68.17% of Revere voters came out to support Terrence Kennedy in an uncontested race for Sixth District Councillor.
Maura Doyle won, 65.21%, to become Supreme Judicial Court Clerk.
Michael Donovan, with 63.19%, won Clerk of Superior Court (Civil Business). And Maura Hennigan returns to Superior Court (Criminal Business) as Clerk after winning 64.30%.
For Register of Deeds, Mickey Roach ran uncontested, receiving 63.98%. And Patricia Campatelli floated to an easy victory, running unopposed for Register of Probate, with 67.86%.
Deborah Haynes defeated Catherine Shaughnessy, 36.76% to 16.88%, to take the position on the Regional Vocational School Committee from Woburn. Ronald Jannino joined the committee from Revere, receiving 59.53%. For Saugus representation, Peter Rossetti, Jr. defeated Arthur Grabowski, 48.02% to 10.39%. From Chelsea, Michael T. Wall ran unopposed, receiving 55.48%. The same was true of Malden’s Jeanne M. Feeley, who took 53.91%. Lawrence M. Means won the position for Stoneham representation with 48.88%. Others who won unopposed included Henry Hooton (Melrose), Judith Dyment (North Reading), John J. Bradley, Jr. (Winchester), Robert S. McCarthy (Reading), and Susan Bolster (Winthrop).
Revere voters overwhelmingly supported Question 1, the “Right to Auto Repair Law,” 68.27% to 15.59%. They voted down Question 2, which would have allowed for doctor-assisted suicide, by almost 3,000 votes: 35.72% voted yes, 52.08% no. The question to legalize medical marijuana passed easily, with 51.90% in favor and 38.17% opposed.
The non-binding question—requesting a constitutional amendment expressly stating that corporations are not individuals—passed overwhelmingly, 51.46% to 18.55%.