Another uncontested special election
Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
LYNN DEMOCRAT BRENDAN CRIGHTON joined the Senate on Wednesday after cruising uncontested in a special election on Tuesday.
Just 2,854 votes made Crighton the newest senator, according to the official tally. As of the most recent statistics from about a year ago, the district had 110,093 voters, meaning Crighton won the formal support of just 2.6 percent of the voters.[In October, CommonWealth published a lengthy analysis by Paul Schimek about how democracy isn’t working in Massachusetts because of special elections that favor insider players, crowded winner-take-all primaries, and the power of incumbency.]
The 40-seat Senate will welcome another member in May to replace Dorchester Democrat Linda Forry, who was the chamber’s only black lawmaker. Like Crighton, South Boston Rep. Nick Collins is set to run unopposed in the Democratic primary after Dorchester Rep. Evandro Carvalho ended his bid for the seat, opting to run for the open Suffolk County district attorney’s office instead. Forry, who is now an official at Suffolk Construction, endorsed Collins on Tuesday, saying he “understands the issues that connect us whether you’re from Mattapan or South Boston.”