By Adam Swift
Revere voters generally fall in line with voters statewide during Tuesday’s primary election.
Attorney General Maura Healey topped the Democratic ticket for governor, while Trump-backed former State Representative Geoff Diehl more than doubled Chris Doughty’s vote total in Revere on the Republican side. Healey and Diehl will square off in the state general election on November 8. Healey finished with 2,511 of the votes cast for governor on the Democratic ballot. State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, who withdrew from the race but was still on the ballot, finished with 646 votes. Diehl garnered 811 votes on the Republican ballot to Doughty’s 384.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll easily outdistanced the other two candidates in Revere and statewide, and will be on the ticket with Healey. On the Republican side, Leah Allen topped Kate Campanale, 707 to 392, locally. Statewide, Allen was less than 10,000 votes ahead of Campanale as of Wednesday morning.
Revere State Representatives Jessica Giannino and Jeff Turco both ran unopposed in their respective districts in the Democratic primary and will go unchallenged on the ballot in the general election, as well.
Total voter turnout in Revere was just under 15 percent, with 4,509 of the city’s 30,265 registered voters casting ballots on Tuesday.
Paul Fahey, in his first citywide election as Election Commissioner, said there were some issues related to voters finding polling locations due to the recent redistricting and reprecincting, and that his office would address any issues moving forward to the general election in November. “This was the first citywide election since the redistricting and reprecincting, so we had 21 precincts before and we are down to 19,” said Fahey. “We did see some changes in voting locations, primarily from Covid. Most of them stayed the same, but we did have to make some changes, so that caused some confusion.”
Fahey noted that postcards were sent out to all households, including registered voters, informing them of their polling locations, and he said the voter outreach would continue through to the general election. Other than some confusion over the polling locations, Fahey said, the day went well, and he praised the work done by the Board of Election Commissioners and the poll workers.
The toughest local contest on the ballot was the Democratic race for Suffolk County District Attorney between current DA Kevin Hayden and Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. Hayden was the projected winner of the race, and in Revere, he easily topped Arroyo, 1,749 to 1,190.
Other Democratic races where Revere fell in line with the statewide winners included auditor, attorney general and secretary of state. Locally, Andrea Campbell outpaced Shannon Liss-Riordan in the AG’s race, 1,469 to 1,172. Longtime Secretary of State William Galvin outpolled Tanisha Sullivan, 2,381 to 750, and Diana DiZoglio beat Christopher Dempsey, 1,653 to 1,228.
Steven Tompkins outpaced Sandy Zamor Calixte in the Democratic Suffolk County Sheriff race.
State Senator Lydia Edwards and Congresswoman Katherine Clark ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Edwards faces no competition in November, while Clark will face Republican nominee Caroline Colarusso, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
On the Republican side, James McMahon ran unopposed for Attorney General, Rayla Campbell for Secretary of State and Anthony Amore for Auditor.