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Hedlund looks ahead to new term in state Senate

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 7, 2012 01:32 PM

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Republican incumbent Robert Hudlund was re-elected as state senator for the Plymouth and Norfolk District Tuesday, beating out Genevieve Davis with 68 percent of the vote.

Hedlund more than doubled the tally of Davis, winning 55,561 to 25,647.

“I was pretty confident,” Hedlund said on Wednesday. “As a candidate, you have a sixth sense of what’s going on out there, and I was getting good feedback from people I would encounter.”

According to the candidate -- who represents Cohasset, Duxbury, Hull, Hingham, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, and Weymouth -- the fact that he won by such a big margin was not too surprising, especially as Hedlund has had similar success against strong candidates in the past, he said.

“In my ‘02 race, I had someone who outspent me significantly, and the results were the same,” he said. “The precedent was there to win big against candidates who have been stronger and those who have been weaker than Davis.”

Hedlund’s reelection secured a 10th consecutive term for the Republican, who is currently one of four of his party in the State Senate. He also won a term in 1990.

Hedlund said that while the big turnout hurt some of his fellow Republicans, including US Senator Scott Brown, who lost Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Hedlund came through well.

Yet moving into a new term, Hedlund wishes there were more Republicans at the Statehouse.

“If anyone spends any time at the Statehouse and actually sees what goes on up there, they would want to have a bigger Republican presence,” Hedlund said. “We really are, in a lot of ways, the watchdogs up there on some of the spending practices and some of the so called ‘good government’ stuff.

"We’re not involved in some of the shenanigans that the probation department and other departments [are in], and a lot of our fiscal efforts have been vindicated in a lot of ways,” he said.

As such, the budget will continue to be a big issue moving into the next term, especially as state receipts are falling short of projections.

“We’ll have a brutal budget to deal with the coming fiscal year. It’s going to be tough. And a lot of the issues I’ve been working on, [there] will be a continuation of that: 40B [affordable housing] reform, we’ve had funding for capital projects ongoing, the Fore River Bridge project, I’ve had some successes with a lot of immigration reform measures, the water rate bill initiative. Some of the things we haven’t got across the finish line we will still be working on.”

In the meantime, this week's Democratic victories still smart for the Republican as politicians at all levels of government look to the next term.

According to Hedlund, who went to watch Romney’s concession speech after his own victory party at Hingham Beer Works, it’s disappointing.

“I really thought Mitt Romney would make a great president after dealing with him as governor. There was a side that didn’t go out into the media…the polls indicated he wasn’t popular in Massachusetts, but working in the building, I saw a side of him that showed me a lot, and I wish that had come out in this campaign. Obama did a good job defining Mitt into something I believe he’s not,” Hedlund said.

As for Warren’s defeat of Brown, Hedlund said he wished the incumbent had been given a full term, “But [Warren] won and we will be interacting with her office in my capacity as state senator, so I wish her well,” he said.

To learn more about Hedlund, visit his website.

To view the results of all the State Senate elections, click here.

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