Claire Cronin Wins 11th Plymouth District Democratic Primary

Easton had a turnout of 2,442 voters, or 16 percent of registered voters. Voters also picked Sean Bielat and Joseph Kennedy III.

The next state representative from the 11th Plymouth District will come from Easton.

Easton resident won the Democratic nomination Thursday night in four-way field that included Brockton City Councilors and and Southeastern Regional School Committee Chair

Cronin will face fellow Easton resident , who ran unopposed Thursday, in the general election.

"I’m very grateful that we had the result we did today and we’re just going to continue in the same path that we have all along," Cronin said. "We started with an eye towards November and we continue on with that plan."

In a district that includes five Easton precincts and seven Brockton wards, Cronin won Easton with 60 percent of the vote and finished third in Brockton with 20 percent of the vote.

Overall, Cronin won with 1524 total votes, or 33 percent.

Sullivan, who won Brockton, followed with 1009 votes, or 26 percent. Stewart, followed with 1009 votes, or 22 percent. Linde finished with 113 votes, or 2 percent.

Cronin said that the third place finish in Brockton behind Sullivan and Stewart doesn't concern her.

"When you have a crowded field, I would have never expected to come in first in Brockton," she said.

Linde said that although he expected to do better, he learned a lot from the campaign.

"I want to thank the voters for talking to me and the kind reception I got in different peoples’ homes," he said. I enjoyed walking Easton and talking to people."

"...I did expect to do better. I worked really hard at it and I thought it was an education in politics. I’ve worked in it all my life. I’ve worked in a lot of other peoples’ campaigns and I found in this one that money and the machine wins."

Sullivan and Stewart were not immediately available for comment Thursday night.

With the victory, Cronin turns her attention to Murphy.

A local accountant and Easton selectman, Murphy ran unopposed Thursday.

"We’ll focus on the issues," said Cronin. "We’ll focus on my experience, the things I have done in life that have gotten me to this point and we’ll just keep moving forward."

While the most hotly contested, The Democratic State Rep race wasn't the only contested election Thursday. 2442, or 16 percent of registered Easton voters turned out to cast ballots.

In the 4th Congressional races, Republican Sean Bielat and Democrat Joe Kennedy III won in landslides.

Bielat received 567 Easton votes, while runner-up Elizabeth Childs received 82 votes.

Kennedy received 1190 Easton votes, while  runner-up Rachel Brown, received 225 votes.

In the Democratic Governor's Council primary, Robert Jubinville won Easton's vote with 319 votes. . The runner-up, Bart Timilty, received 172 Easton votes.

For full Easton results, click on the attached .pdf, provided by Town Clerk Jeremy Gillis.


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