Small Turnout Of Winthrop Voters in Tuesday’s Primary

A total of 2,230 Winthrop residents voted in Tuesday’s primary election, representing a turnout of 19 percent.

Town Clerk Carla Vitale said she was pleased with the election process, including the use of the Cummings Elementary School as new location for polling in three precincts.

“The only hitch was that parking at the Cummings School was a bit difficult due to the teacher professional development day,” said Vitale. “In the future we will be enforcing no parking for school personnel on election days and we are working on adding another handicapped parking spot as well as a few live parking spots for folks that can only walk a short distance.”

Winthrop voters went for Steve Grossman in the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor, giving the State Treasurer 784 votes. Attorney General Martha Coakley, who won the nomination and will face Republican nominee Charles Baker in the November election, finished second in Winthrop with 675 votes. Businessman Donald Berwick was third with 297 votes.

Steve Kerrigan was Winthrop’s choice for lieutenant governor in the primary with 746 votes. Leland Cheung was second with 349 votes followed by Mike Lake with 304 votes.

Winthrop followed the state’s lead and gave Maura Healey the top spot in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Healey received 981 votes while Warren Tolman garnered 707 votes.

In the race for State Treasurer, Deb Goldberg led the three-candidate field with 622 votes on her way to securing the Democratic nomination. State Sen. Barry Finegold was second with 540 votes while State Rep. Tom Conroy was third with 385 votes.

Congressman Katherine Clark received 1,238 votes to easily defeat Dr. Sheldon Schwartz, who received 304 votes. Clark was elected to Congress in a special election earlier this year, succeeding U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey as Winthrop’s representative in the Fifth Congressional District seat.

Current Suffolk County Register of Probate Patty Campatelli led the field of candidates in Winthropwith 566 votes. But Felix Arroyo Sr., who tied for second with East Boston resident John Sepulveda,  was the overall winner of the election.

Jeremiah Goodwin, a lieutenant in the Revere Police Department, carried Winthrop in the race for Suffolk County Sheriff with 732 votes. Current Sheriff Steve Tomkins was second in Winthrop with 716 votes, but he was elected to the position.

Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (1,323 votes) and Winthrop resident Paul Caruccio (328 votes) won their party’s respective nominations in the Democratic and Republican primaries and will vie for the seat in the Nov. 4 election.

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