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Reyes elected at home in a close primary | Merrimack Valley

With 51% of the vote, Lawrence Alderman Estela Reyes won a narrow victory in the state’s Democratic primary election on September 6 and will lead Essex’s new Fourth District in the House of Representatives from from the beginning of next year.

“First of all, I want to thank my partner, Abel and my family and my incredible team which includes volunteers, voters and supporters who worked tirelessly and never stopped believing in me,” said Kings. “I ran for state representative in Essex’s Fourth District because every resident of this district deserves access to opportunities that help them reach their full potential, a safe place to raise our families, quality health care, growth opportunities for local businesses and I believe I am the most qualified state representative candidate to get us there.

Reyes has served on Lawrence City Council since 2012 and is the current vice-president. She was also part of the Never Again movement, which stopped Columbia Gas from doing business in Massachusetts following the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

She was opposed by former Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua and Methuen Councilman James McCarty.

“I threw everything I had into this race and I have no regrets for the race I’ve run for the past nine months,” McCarty said. “Methuen had more ballots but we couldn’t make up Lawrence’s margin. I look forward to continuing to fight the good fight for both communities. »

At press time, results had not been released for the first Essex Senate race or the 16th Essex House race.

The Senate race saw Methuen Councilwoman Eunice Zeigler take on Lawrence Councilman Pavel Payano and Doris Rodriguez.

The winner will replace outgoing state senator Diana DiZoglio, who led the district since 2019. She is a candidate for state auditor.

In the 16th Essex House race, State Representative Marcos Devers, who has represented the district since 2019, was challenged by Francisco Paulino. Results from this race were not available at press time.

None of the Primary winners faces Republican opposition in the Nov. 8 general election.