Despite Sweep in Easton Precincts, Creedon Looks to Move Forward After Victory
In Easton, precincts 1,2, 4, and five voted for Challenger Kristine Abrams Tuesday, but State Rep Geri Creedon still won the race.
After months of campaigning against each-other for a seat as a State Representative in the 11th Plymouth District of Massachusetts, incumbent Geri Creedon and challenger Kristine Abrams are both glad it is over.
The 11th Plymouth District, which represents precincts one, two, four and five of Easton and six wards in Brockton, was eventually won by Creedon Tuesday, who reclaims her post of 15 years as a state representative.
"I'm tired," she said. "I couldn't be on pins and needles much longer."
The win didn't come easy for the Brockton resident, who pulled off a narrow 5,836 to 4,315 victory over Easton resident Abrams. Abrams swept in all four precincts represented in Easton.
Creedon attributed her losses in Easton to Abrams' hometown appeal. She said she would have to assess the situation.
"I'm sensitive to the fact that my address is Brockton so I've always tried to make sure that I was very responsive to Easton," she said. "That just maybe might have been a very attractive factor. Considering it wasn't my hometown, I still think my numbers were good."
For Abrams, her victories in Easton and losses in Brockton represent a larger problem with how districts in the area are set up, she said. Abrams said Easton has become a victim of gerrymandering.
"The problem is, we're split up three ways in Easton and we really do not get any representation," she said. "We don't. I've spoken to town officials and everything else and people are starting to realize that we don't get any representation, and I think people are just tired of it."
Easton's precinct three voted in the 10th Plymouth race between John Cruz and Christine Canavan. Despite Easton's vote for Cruz, 695 to 594, Canavan still won the race.
Additionally Easton's precinct six voted between Patricia Lawton and Angelo D'emilia for the 8th Plymouth race. This time, Easton voters voted with the rest of the district, as they chose Angelo D'emilia.
Despite the overall loss, Abrams said she is happy with how she did during her first time on the campaign trail.
"I feel great," she said. "It was my first time out and I got 42 percent. I worked hard and it was a great experience for me. I have no regrets and I'm still very happy."
Creedon said she is happy to get back to work, and she was happy to have campaigned against Abrams.
"We met Kristine and her husband at the debate forum and then the next time at Brockton High holding signs," she said. "They appear to be very nice people. She was a great campaigner and a great person to work against. We're here to help them too."