November 9 2018,  Peabody

Speliotis slips by Mezzina in general election

 By Christopher Roberson


Longtime State Rep. Theodore Speliotis narrowly escaped defeat during the Nov. 6 general election, holding off challenger Mark Mezzina by 5.7 percent.

In prior years, Speliotis has won reelection by an average of 14.4 percent. In Peabody, the results for the 13th Essex District showed that 2,792 of the city’s voters favored Mezzina compared to 2,538 for Speliotis.

However, the race for governor was not nearly as close with Gov. Charlie Baker taking 66.9 percent of the state vote and challenger Jay Gonzalez taking 33 percent. In Peabody, 16,757 voters favored Baker while Gonzalez garnered 4,960 votes.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Elizabeth Warren emerged victorious with 60.3 percent of the vote. Challenger Geoff Diehl received 36.2 percent, and challenger Shiva Ayyadurai finished in a distant third with 3.3 percent. Peabody voters also favored Warren, who collected 11,128 votes citywide. Diehl trailed with 10,236 and Ayyadurai finished with 812.

In the congressional race to represent Massachusetts’s Sixth District, incumbent Seth Moulton secured 65.2 percent of the state vote as he soundly defeated challenger Joseph Schneider, who had 31.3 percent, and challenger Mary Jean Charbonneau, who had 3.3 percent. In Peabody, the results showed Moulton with 13,623 votes and Schneider with 7,561 votes. Charbonneau finished with 792 votes.

In the race for Attorney General, incumbent Maura Healey received 69.8 percent of the state vote and challenger James McMahon garnered 30.1 percent. In Peabody, Healey defeated McMahon by 6,245 votes.

William Galvin received 70.7 percent of the state vote and will continue to serve as the Secretary of the Commonwealth. He was challenged by Anthony Amore, who received 25.4 percent, and Juan Sanchez, who received 3.8 percent. In Peabody, 14,401 votes were cast for Galvin versus 6,910 for Amore and 494 for Sanchez.

Regarding the three ballot questions, 70.2 percent of Massachusetts voters said no on Question 1 to limit the nurse to patient ratio while 29.8 percent said yes. In Peabody, 16,785 voters said no on the ballot question while 4,885 said yes.

On Question 2, which asked for the establishment of a Citizens Commission, 71.3 percent of statewide voters said yes and 28.7 percent said no. In Peabody, 13,845 voters said yes and 7,529 said no.

For Question 3 regarding gender identity rights, 67.7 percent of the state’s voters said yes and 32.2 percent said no. In Peabody, 12,757 voters said yes and 9,001 voters said no.

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