Miceli Rolls To Re-Election; Tewksbury Helps Moulton To Victory
Nov 05, 2014 08:25AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
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Election Day 2014 had a little bit of everything -- Political resurrections, victorious newcomers, a four-decade winning streak and thrilling races decided in the early morning hours.
And Tewksbury, with a 53.7 percent voter turnout, found itself in the middle of all of it.
Locally, state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, won his 20th term representing the 19th Middlesex District on Beacon Hill by easily defeating Republican challenger Doug Sears of Tewksbury (70-30 percent.) Miceli swept every precinct in both towns.
Sears said he was comfortable with his showing and vowed that despite his second straight lopsided loss to Miceli, he'd be willing to throw his hat into the ring again.
"No one should ever run unopposed. I'm ready for 2016 if none one else steps up," said Sears, adding with a chuckle, "I already have the signs."
In the 2nd Essex-Middlesex District, Democrat Barbara L'Italien of Andover, won the city of Lawrence by nearly 7,000 votes, and that was enough to squeeze out a win over Republican Alex Vispoli, 53-47 percent. The final vote count was 24,504-21,492.
Vispoli, an Andover Selectman, carried Tewksbury by nearly a thousand votes (5800-4827), while also handily winning in Dracut and Andover.
The victory marked a political re-birth for L'Italen, a former four-term state representative. Her career had appeared dead after being ousted from office by Paul Adams in 2010 and then being defeated in a 2012 bid for state rep by Jim Lyons.
Tewksbury and the 6th Congressional District has a new voice in Washington after Democrat Seth Moulton scored a surprisingly decisive victory over Republican Richard Tisei (55-30 percent).
Mouton, a Marine Veteran, proved to have broad support, even winning traditionally Republican Tewksbury by a little over 200 votes (5384-5180).
Republican Charlie Baker may have had to wait until the early hours of Wednesday before being declared the newly elected Governor of Massachusetts but there was no such drama in Tewksbury. As he had in his failed 2010 bid, Baker carried Tewksbury by more than 3,000 votes (6976-3868) over Democrat Martha Coakley.
As for the ballot questions, Tewksbury voters voted their wallets, eight along with the rest of the state. Question 1 (overturning the gas tax indexing) and Question 4 (earned sick time for employees) passed, while Question 2 (expanding the bottle bill) and Question 3 (repealing casino gambling) failed.
Attached is a PDF document with complete Tewksbury voting results.