Turco Wins Democratic Primary

Jeffrey Rosario Turco of Winthrop won the Democratic State Representative Primary in the Nineteenth Suffolk District Tuesday, besting three other candidates for the nomination.

Turco received 1,706 votes to defeat second-place finisher Juan Pablo Jaramillo of Revere, who received 1,413 votes. Alicia DelVento of Win-throp finished third with 1,224 votes while Valentino Capobianco of Winthrop was fourth with 361 votes.

Democratic Primary winner Jeffrey Turco with his wife, Melissa, and children, Sonny, Mary,
Joseph, Dominic, Gracie and Matteo during a victory party at Casa Lucia in Revere.

Turco advances to the March 30 general election when he will compete on the ballot with Republican candidate Paul Caruccio and Unenrolled candidate Richard Fucillo. Both Caruccio and Fucillo live in Winthrop.

In the Democratic Primary Turco racked up an impressive total of 1,331 votes in his hometown of Winthrop to pull away from Jaramillo, who carried Revere handily with 917 votes. Turco was second in Revere with 375 votes. DelVento also received solid hometown support with 1,104 votes to finish second in Winthrop.

An attorney-at-law and former Winthrop Town Council president, Turco conducted an excellent, high-visibility campaign that included a vigorous door-to-door effort in both communities, substantial advertising in newspapers that was particularly effective in personalizing his positive message, and some key endorsements, notably from both Winthrop and Revere public safety unions. Former Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo was a key Turco supporter.

During an appearance on Revere TV’s Election Night Show hosted by Revere Journal and Winthrop Sun Transcript President Stephen Quigley, Turco thanked the residents of Winthrop and Revere for their enthusiastic support of his candidacy.

“I’m thrilled with the results, obviously,” Turco told Revere TV. “I’m thrilled with the level of support that I received across the district – the people that came out and held signs, went door-to-door, made the thousands and thousands of phone calls and sent text messages and ignored the noise of negativity and really just talked about what we wanted to do to help the people of this district in the mold of Bob DeLeo, in the mold of Billy Reinstein, RoseLee Vincent, Kathi Reinstein, people that I admire and respect tremendously.”

DelVento, a Democratic State Committeewoman, said in a statement on Election Night, “Unfortunately, tonight did not go as we had hoped. On day one, we started building a movement for a brighter future for our community. I want to say thank you to everyone who powered this campaign. To our Team DelVento, the people of Winthrop and Revere, you are the reason I got into this race. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you – for every call you made, every door you knocked, and everything you have given this campaign. Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and being vocal champions for the issues we know matter most. Make no mistake, we fought the good fight.

I also want to say a special thank you to the strong women who have come before me, the many who built our community and this campaign. If nothing else, I believe that our campaign helped bring along the next generation of women in getting involved and running for office.

This race may be over, but the fight for this special place we call home continues.”

One of the carryovers from this election in Revere will be Jaramillo’s display of tremendous voter strength in the Beach City, which could set the foundation for a future run for office. Boosted by some valuable endorsements from Revere city councilors and School Committee members, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Congressman Ayanna Pressley, Jaramillo prevailed in Revere by close to a 2-1 margin over his three opponents.

 Jaramillo was upbeat about his campaign and the large vote he received in the election.

“We’re very excited. We won Revere and we won it big,” said Jaramillo. Obviously the voters of Revere came out big for me. And I’m just truly humbled by that. We talked about the important issues, healthcare for every single person, a good-paying union job and those things won in Revere and they won large in Winthrop as well. I look forward to working with Jeff and making sure we’re centering those is-sues because those issues won.”

While noting his upcoming wedding day, Jaramillo also said he was “incredibly proud” of his campaign team. “I get married in just a few weeks and I’m super excited to be marrying the love of my life. Special elections are tough. We were counted out very early and here we are sitting high in second place and our issues really resonated with people and we know that they did, so we’re very excited about that,” said Jaramillo.

The winner of the March 30 final election will succeed former Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo in the seat.

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