Despite nabbing more than three of every four votes cast in Revere, School Committee member Anthony D’Ambrosio came up short in his bid to succeed Joe Boncore as the new State Senator for the First Suffolk/Middlesex District in the Democratic state primary on Tuesday. Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards received about 60 percent of the vote district-wide and heads to a general election on Jan. 11 that has no Republican candidates on the ballot.
“Though this is not the result I wanted, I am immensely grateful for everyone who supported us in this journey,” D’Ambrosio stated following the election. “To all of our friends in Revere, Boston, and beyond: your voices matter and I’m proud to be raised and shaped by you. I won’t soon forget what we did here. Congratulations to our new Senator-elect, Lydia Edwards. I am rooting for you and hope you do great things for the district.”
In his home city of Revere, D’Ambrosio tallied 3,172 votes to 960 for Edwards.
During the campaign to replace Boncore, who left office to take a position as the CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, D’Ambrosio had heavy hometown support. He racked up endorsements from a host of city councillors and mayors past and present, as well as from his fellow School Committee members. However, D’Ambrosio was unable to break through in the precincts of the district in Boston and Cambridge. In Boston, Edwards outpaced D’Ambrosio 4,740 to 1,356. In Cambridge, Edwards outpaced D’Ambrosio 1,289 to 63. In Winthrop, where D’Ambrosio had the support of recently elected State Representative Jeff Turco, Edwards finished ahead of D’Ambrosio by a count of 1,189 to 873.
Edwards ran unsuccessfully for the First Suffolk/Middlesex senate seat in 2016 before winning election for the District One City Council Seat, which includes Charlestown, East Boston and the North End. Edwards was endorsed by a number of heavy hitters in statewide politics, including Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren as well as Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.