By Jessica Bartlett, Town correspondent
Democrat Tackey Chan beat two opponents in the race for state representative from the 2nd Norfolk District in Quincy, and made some history in the process.
Chan and Donald Wong of Saugus, who won the state representative seat for the 9th Essex District, are the first Asian-Americans elected to the Massachusetts Legislature.
Chan won 12 out of 13 precincts, beating both Independent candidate Karl Roos and Republican candidate John Iredale for the seat, which was vacated by incumbent A. Stephen Tobin.
“I expected a win, I didn’t know how much. I wanted to win. That’s all that matters,” Chan said moments after the victory.
In total, Chan won the election with 52 percent of the vote, or 6,732 votes, compared with 4,136 for Iredale and 2,095 for Roos.
Chan attributed his success to strong organization, both at the campaign and at the volunteer level. “People came out and worked, made the big effort,” he said.
Although opponents Roos and Iredale, both with experience in the private sector, put up a good fight, the winning votes eventually came in for Chan, who has experience working for Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Tired, hungry, and overjoyed, Chan said he planned on celebrating the win by eating something and maybe finally getting some sleep.