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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Republican Party is applauding the hustle and determination of Republicans who competed and won in several key municipal races Tuesday.
“What I saw in Taunton last night told me that hard work and standing up for responsible conservative leadership will win the day no matter how many Washington heavyweights the Democrats recruit to steer an election their way,” MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons said, referring to state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell’s historic mayoral win.
O’Connell won by a 62-36 margin to become the first woman elected mayor in Taunton’s history. The race drew 32 percent of Taunton’s registered voters, marking the city’s highest turnout in 10 years. O’Connell emerged victorious despite a canvassing push by Democrats featuring the likes of U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, among others.
“They can trot out as many big-time Washington liberals as they want,” Lyons said about the Democrats’ efforts to sway local elections. “Our candidates are running on a platform of common sense governance, our candidates are proud to be Republicans.”
In other races, Fall River voters elected the first Republican city councilor in 50 years in Christopher Peckham, while state Sen. Don Humason bested fellow Republican Michael McCabe by less than 100 votes to become Westfield’s next mayor. Meanwhile, Republican Donna Colorio shook things up in Worcester by becoming the only non-incumbent to win a seat on the City Council. Republican State Committee member Todd Taylor won a Chelsea City Council seat and in Braintree, newcomer Larry Mackin emerged victorious in a three-way race for a town council seat, upsetting an incumbent along the way.
“We have so much work left to do,” Lyons said. “We relish these successes but we also know that this is only the beginning.
“With 2020 knocking at the door, we are already working overtime to show Massachusetts voters that they have a choice, and that our brand of working 24/7 to support common sense government aimed at empowering the individual is a winner.”