Bedford Democrats and Republicans were right in step with statewide patterns on the primary election ballot, endorsing nearly all of the successful down-ballot candidates who ultimately were declared winners.
The first unofficial results from Precinct 1 were posted around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 6, at John Glenn Middle School, and the favorites ultimately emerged as townwide and later statewide winners.
The sole exception was the Democratic race for Governor’s Council, District 3. Marilyn Devaney of Watertown barely survived a strong challenge from Mara Dolan, a public defender from Concord. Tuesday evening, with 99 percent of the votes counted, Devaney had a lead of about 1,700 votes. Dolan, a public defender from Concord, won the Bedford Democratic tally, 1,112 to 905.
Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue reported Wednesday afternoon that 2,403 voters participated in live and early voting. That computes to 23 percent of the town’s total registered voters for the primary, 10,436.
Democrats winning convincingly in Bedford and statewide were:
- Kim Driscoll, Salem mayor, for the lieutenant governor nomination. She finished with 993 Bedford votes, ahead of Acton State Rep. Tami Gouveia’s 582 and Longmeadow State Sen. Eric Lesser’s 579.
- Andrea Campbell, the former Boston City Councilor, for the attorney general nomination. Campbell had a huge Bedford margin – 11,159 votes to 599 for Brookline Atty. Sharon Liss-Reardon. Atty. Quentin Palfrey withdrew from the race a couple of weeks ago but still received 453 votes.
- Longtime Secretary of State William Galvin was the favorite on 1,688 Democratic ballots in Bedford. His opponent, Tanisha Sullivan, had 593. A much closer outcome was the contest for the nomination for auditor. State Sen. Diana DiZoglio was the Bedford choice, 1,048 votes to Chris Dempsey’s 1,006.
On the Republic ballot, gubernatorial nominee Geoff Diehl, a former state representative, finished with 339 votes in Bedford, to 290 for Chris Doughty. Diehl’s running mate, Leah Allen, garnered 325 votes on the Bedford Republican ballot. Her opponent, Kate Campanale, had 258. Both are state representatives.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763