Also notable is the contest in the 21st Middlesex House district, where Democrat Ken Gordon of Bedford and Republican Walter Zenkin of Burlington will vie to succeed retiring incumbent Charles A. Murphy of Burlington, a Democrat. Gordon and Zenkin both ran successful write-in primary campaigns.
One race that attracted attention in the primary but that is unlikely to capture the spotlight in the final is in the 2d Essex state Senate district to succeed veteran incumbent Frederick E. Berry of Peabody, a Democrat, who is retiring.
City Councilor Joan B. Lovely of Salem won a hard-fought, four-way Democratic primary, and is strongly favored in the final election against Richard A. Jolitz, a Beverly Republican who lost to Berry two years ago.
Another open Senate seat Democrats hope to retain is that of retiring incumbent Susan C. Fargo of Lincoln. Michael J. Barrett, a Lexington Democrat and former state senator, and Sandi Martinez, a Chelmsford Republican, will face off in the final after having won their respective primaries.
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