Barry said her late start and Cutler’s fund-raising lead represent a challenge.
“I’m definitely the underdog in the race,” she said. “But I’m not a stranger in the district. I think I can jump into the general election.”
The campaign has, so far, been cordial. Both are members of the appointed town committee planning Duxbury’s 375th anniversary celebration.
“We’ve been working together the past year,” Cutler said. “We get along very well.”
In 2010, Cutler lost to Webster by 500 votes, or just over 2 percentage points. He also ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 1998 in the Hull-Hingham-Cohasset District.
This is Barry’s first bid for elective office.
In last year’s redistricting, one voting precinct in Halifax was removed from the district and one precinct from Duxbury was added. Five of Duxbury’s six voting precincts are in the district.
Pembroke makes up the largest portion of the district, followed by Duxbury and Hanson.
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