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Lucas posts Republican primary victory

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 15, 2010 11:30 AM

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Republican voters in the 32 Middlesex District yesterday favored David Lucas, who won 52 percent of the vote to become the nominee for state representative.

Lucas received 1, 551 votes. Monica Medeiros was the runner-up with 1,034, or 35 percent, followed by Eric Estevez (398, 13 percent). Lucas, a former Melrose city solicitor, wlil now face Melrose Alderman Paul Brodeur, a Democrat, in the Nov. 2 final.

"We're going to keep working, keep pushing, keep knocking on doors, getting our message out to voters," Lucas said last night. "No rest for the weary."

The district covers Melrose and precincts 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Wakefield, where candidates yesterday made the rounds to polling locations to rev up supporters and greet citizens.

"Voters feel that this legislature is not listening to them, and if they are listening they don't care," Lucas said in a phone interview yesterday.

Medeiros said today that she wishes to congratulate Lucas, and that he ran a strong campaign. 

"I think it's somewhat of a result of a really low turn out. And Dave got his people out to vote better than I did," she said, adding that for party primaries it is common to have low voter interest. 

"I think a lot of people want to see issues addressed. We see it all the time, that people are tremendously motivated by the national issues, and the big races. But when it comes down to the things like local races, in particular when you get to a party primary, I just don't think that there is much interest," she said.  

In the campaign Lucas said that he reached out to voters who have expressed a concern about government in general, at a national and local level.

"They're seeing incredible changes nationally and statewide," Lucas said, and listed federal financial regulation, government's role in rescuing big businesses like General Motors, and a perceived federal take-over of education standards have been issues he has heard about.  

"It's concerning local people, so that's why I think it's going to effect state races and district races," he said.

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