Sweeps all ward precincts in overwhelming victory
Out of 22,564 registered voters, 8,232 ballots were cast, resulting in a 36.48 percent voter turnout during Tuesday’s State General Election.
State Representative Joseph McGonagle topped the ticket with an impressive landslide victory with 4,629 to 1,946 votes over his opponent, Michael Marchese, an Everett Councillor-at-Large. State Rep. Judith Taylor won the 11th Suffolk District with 406 votes to Todd Taylor’s 225 votes. Rep. Daniel Ryan was unopposed and won the majority of the votes. Senator Sal DiDomenico won unopposed in his bid for reelection.
Everett voted for Democratic Governor Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll – 5,363 – to 2,446 votes for Geoff Diehl and Leah Allen, who are Republican. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley won her quest for reelection, with 4,985 votes, against political newcomer Donnie Palmer Jr., who garnered 2,565 votes. Democratic nominee Diana DiZoglio won the Auditor seat, garnering 4,554 votes, to Republican challenger Anthony Amore’s 2,488 votes. District Attorney Marian Ryan and Sheriff Peter Koutoujian won unopposed.
Residents voted yes 4,452 on Question 1 to 3,293 no’s. According to the state website (sec.state.ma.us), Question 1 would establish an additional 4 percent state income tax on that portion of annual taxable income totaling more than $1 million. A yes vote would amend the state Constitution to impose an additional 4 percent tax on that portion of incomes more than $1 million to be used, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature, on education and transportation.
Everett voted 5,559 in the affirmative to Question 2, with 1,939 no’s. Question 2 would direct the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to approve or disapprove the rates of dental benefit plans and would require that a dental insurance carrier meet an annual aggregate medical loss ratio for its covered dental benefit plans of 83 percent. A yes vote would regulate dental insurance rates, including by requiring companies to spend at least 83 percent of premiums on member dental expenses and quality improvements instead of administrative expenses, and by making other changes to dental insurance regulations.
The city voted 3,259 yes on Question 3 to 4,572 no’s. Question 3 would increase the statewide limits on the combined number of licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption (including licenses for “all alcoholic beverages” and for “wines and malt beverages”) that any one retailer could own or control: from 9 to 12 licenses in 2023; to 15 licenses in 2027; and to 18 licenses in 2031. A yes vote would increase the number of licenses a retailer could have for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed off premises, limit the number of “all-alcoholic beverages” licenses that a retailer could acquire, restrict use of self-checkout and require retailers to accept customers’ out-of-state identification.