In other notable wins for Democrats, state Senator Barry R. Finegold retained his Second Essex and Middlesex seat by defeating Paul Adams, the Andover Republican who currently holds the 17th Essex House seat. Finegold collected 65 percent to 35 percent for Adams, who opted to run for the Senate after being redistricted out of his House district.
In the 13th Essex House district, veteran state Representative Theodore C. Speliotis, of Danvers, defeated Danvers Republican and Selectman Dan Bennett 63 to 37 percent. The race was a rematch of their 2010 bout, also won by Speliotis.
In the 18th Essex House district, it was a Republican incumbent, James J. Lyons Jr. of Andover, who bested a Democratic challenger, Barbara A. L’Italien of Andover. Lyons, who had unseated L’Italien in 2010, edged L’Italien this time by 51 to 49 percent.
In some of Tuesday’s other results, Democratic incumbent Colleen M. Garry of Dracut, defeated Dracut Selectwoman and Republican Cathy Richardson in the 36th Middlesex House district, 59 to 41 percent.
In the 19th Middlesex House district, longtime Democratic incumbent James R. Miceli of Wilmington cruised to another term, defeating Tewksbury Republican and Selectman Douglas W. Sears, 74 to 26 percent.
Representative Marcos A. Devers, a Lawrence Democrat, far outpaced former state representative Jose L. Santiago, an unenrolled Lawrence resident, 84 to 16 percent in the race for the 16th Essex House seat.
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