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Barrett bests Kearns Goodwin in state Senate primary

Posted by Your Town  September 6, 2012 11:28 PM

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State senate candidate Michael Barrett beat Joe Kearns Goodwin Thursday to win the Democratic nomination for the Third Middlesex District seat.

Barrett, of Lexington, beat Kearns Goodwin, of Concord, by 300 votes to win the nomination, according to Kearns Goodwin’s campaign manager Cayce McCabe.

“It is truly a victory of grassroots campaigning over celebrity and money,” Barrett said of his victory late Thursday.

Kearns Goodwin's father is Richard Goodwin, who was an adviser to Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Kearns Goodwin’s mother is Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

He raised twice as much money for his campaign than anyone else in the crowded race of five Democrats. Kearns Goodwin raised more than $235,000 for his campaign including celebrity contributions from Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

But Barrett, a former state senator for Cambridge, was the only candidate with experience in the state senate, and he credited hard work knocking on doors throughout the district for his win. Barrett also ran for governor in 1994 and lost.

Barrett also defeated the three other Democrats, Mara Dolan, of Concord, Joe Mullin, of Weston, and Alex Buck, of Chelmsford. The senate district represents Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston, and parts of Lexington and Sudbury.

Barrett will face the winner of the Republican Primary, in the general election in November. Chelmsford Republican Sandi Martinez was running against Gregory Howes in that race, but official results were not available late Thursday.

On the Republican side, Chelmsford Republican Sandi Martinez was claiming victory over Concord Republican Gregory Howes late Thursday. Martinez said Howes called to concede after 11 p.m. Thursday and she will now turn her efforts towards beating Barrett in the general election on Nov. 6.

This is Martinez's fourth effort to win the seat, which is open this year because longtime state Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, decided not to run for re-election.

Martinez said there will be sharp contrasts between her and Barrett.

"We are going to win this time," she said.


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