Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes


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.]
Four years ago, Crighton was an aide to Lynn Mayor Tom McGee when McGee was in the Senate. When Steve Walsh left the House to become executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, Crighton ran for the seat, taking roughly 60 percent of the vote in a three-way primary. That was Crighton’s first and, so far, last contested race for state office. Crighton was also a city councilor in Lynn from 2010-2016.

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In the House, Crighton represented part of Lynn as well as the peninsular town of Nahant. In the Senate his district will expand to include all of Lynn, along with Lynnfield, Marblehead, Saugus, and Swampscott – where Baker lives.

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.”