By Aaron Keebaugh
A number of candidates in last Thursday’s primary fared better in Revere than in other parts of the county.
Incumbent Maura Hennigan retained her position as the Criminal Clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court after a heated election season. (She will run unopposed in November.) But Revere voters came out in strong support of Robert “Bobby” Dello Russo Thursday. He took 1,294 (50.96%) votes to Hennigan's 978 (38.52%).
On the Republican side, Frank John Addivinola, Jr., edged out Tom Tierney and Jeffrey Semon in the fifth district congressional race in Revere. Addivinola received just over 40% of the vote. Tierney came in a close second with slightly over 30%, and Semon received 8.88% of Republican votes. Tierney, though, won the GOP primary with 42% of the total votes. He will face Ed Markey in November.
Revere voters also chose Salvatore LaMattina over Patricia Campatelli, 1,184 votes to 975, in the Democratic primary for Suffolk Court Register of Probate. But Campatelli went on to win the election, 51% to 48%, after LaMattina lost an extremely close race in East Boston.
For other candidates, success in Revere reflected success elsewhere.
In the Democratic primary for Clerk of Civil Business at Suffolk Superior Court, Revere voters gave Michael Donovan a large victory over Michael Dash, 1,384 votes to 309. And Donovan trounced Dash all around Suffolk County, receiving 71% of the total vote.
Terrence Kennedy won the Democratic race for Sixth District Governor's Councillor against Francis Flaherty, 1,408 (55.45%) votes to 548 (21.58%). In Melrose, Boston, Cambridge, and 17 additional communities in the eastern part of the state, Kennedy topped Flaherty 65% to 35%.
In Revere, Elizabeth Warren received 1,755 of the Democratic votes (715 ballots were left blank), while her Republican opponent Senator Scott Brown received 624 votes (20 ballots were left blank).
The primaries included a number of candidates who were running unopposed. Congressman Ed Markey, State Representatives Kathi-Anne Reinstein and Robert DeLeo, and State Senator Anthony Petruccelli all handily won places on the ballot for the November election.
Maura Doyle won the uncontested Democratic primary for Clerk of Suffolk County Supreme Judicial Court.
Revere Republicans backed Winthrop Republican Paul Caruccio, who won in an uncontested race (168 votes or 69.71%) as a challenge to State Representative Robert DeLeo's seat in Suffolk County's 19th district.
And Revere Republicans wrote in candidates on 59 ballots to bring a challenge to Representative Reinstein.
Three Revere residents cast votes for the Green Party, which had no official candidates in the city’s primary election.
Turn out for the election in Revere—12.71%—was lower than expected.
Out of the total ballots cast (3,195), 79.41% of them were Democrat and 20.44% were Republican.