David M. Rogers, a Cambridge lawyer, narrowly won a three-way Democratic primary Thursday for the 24th Middlesex District House race, one of several closely watched legislative contests across Massachusetts.
Rogers won with 2,291 votes, or 43 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results from the campaigns. Margaret Hegarty, a Belmont lawyer drew 39 percent of the vote, while Robert Paul Reardon Jr. trailed far behind. Rogers will face Republican Tommasina Anne Olson in November
The state representative seat has been vacant since incumbent Democrat William Brownsberger stepped down earlier this year after being elected to state Senate.
The seat represents Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge. The newly added precincts in Arlington helped put Rogers over the line, said his campaign manager Alex Wallach Hanson.
Rogers said he campaigned in all the precincts talking about issues such as funding for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
“I ran a grassroots campaign and I think that people responded to that,’’ Rogers said.
In the 13th Middlesex District House race, incumbent Wayland Democrat Thomas Conroy handily defeated Steven Hakar to win his party’s nomination.
Conroy earned 90 percent of the vote. He faces no Republican challenger in November.
“It’s an honor and privilege to continue to serve the folks in Wayland and Sudbury, and I’m looking forward to serving the people in Marlborough and Framingham,’’ Conroy said.
Boston lawyer Danielle Gregoire, who is hoping for a rematch against incumbent Republican Steven L. Levy, won the state Representative Democratic primary Thursday for the Fourth Middlesex District, capturing three-quarters of the vote from precincts in Northborough and two-thirds of the votes in parts of Westborough. The position also covers Marlborough.
Gregoire, a Marlborough native, previously held the seat for one term before being ousted by Levy in 2010 by 100 votes.
Voters in several suburban other areas went to the polls Thursday to select their party nominees for seats held by veteran legislators, including the retiring Senate majority leader.
The Second Essex District state Senate seat of retiring Peabody Democrat and majority leader Frederick E. Berry is likely to remain in his party’s control but has sparked a spirited nominating contest between four candidates. The Democratic primary featured well-known political figures: Joan B. Lovely of Salem, and Mary-Ellen Manning and John P. Slattery, both of Peabody.
Lovely, an eight-term member and current president of the Salem City Council, was the apparent winner in unofficial results Thursday night, the Salem News reported.
Manning is a six-term governor’s councilor. Slattery is a former four-term state representative and city councilor who has lost bids for lieutenant governor and mayor.
The three were vying in the Democratic primary with former governor’s councilor Edward J. Carroll of Salem. Richard A. Jolitz of Beverly, who lost to Berry two years ago, is unopposed in the GOP primary.
In the Third Middlesex state Senate race, five Democrats and two Republicans were seeking to replace Senator Susan Fargo, who has represented the district for eight terms.
Fargo recently endorsed Concord Democrat Joe Kearns Goodwin. But the race between Kearns Goodwin, Mike Barrett of Lexington, Alex Buck of Chelmsford, Mara Dolan of Concord and Joe Mullin of Weston, has drawn some national-level attention.
Kearns Goodwin has the support of US Senator John Kerry, Barrett is backed by US Representative Barney Frank, and Dolan was endorsed by US Representative Michael Capuano. On the Republican side, Greg Howes of Concord and Sandi Martinez of Chelmsford are facing off for their party’s nomination.
The district represents Bedford; Carlisle; Chelmsford; Concord; Lincoln; Waltham; Weston; and parts of Lexington and Sudbury.
State Republicans are hoping to flip two North Shore seats – the First Essex Senate and Second Essex House seats — that have long been held by Democrats.
Among the GOP contenders for the First Essex Senate seat – which was held by Methuen Democrat Steven A. Baddour until he resigned in April – are Sam S. Meas of Haverhill, who lost a 2010 special election for a congressional seat, and Shaun P. Toohey, a Haverhill School Committee member.
Toohey enjoys name recognition as an elected official in Haverhill, and Meas has been an active community volunteer. Toohey may benefit from the support of his father-in-law, Haverhill City Councilor and former mayor William H. Ryan.
In the district’s Democratic primary, three candidates are fighting for the party nomination. They include, former three-term Methuen mayor William M. Manzi III, former three-term Newburyport city councilor at large Kathleen A. O’Connor Ives; and Timothy J. Coco, a business owner from Haverhill. The primary winners will vie in the final election with two unenrolled candidates, Amesbury City Councilor James M. Kelcourse and Haverhill School Committee member Paul A. Magliocchetti.
In the competitive race to represent Second Essex in the House, three Republicans, Bob Cronin of Boxford, Georgetown Selectman Gary C. Fowler, and Lenny Mirra of West Newbury, were contending in the primary. Harriett L. Stanley, a West Newbury Democrat, who held the post is retiring.
The winner of the GOP primary will match up against West Newbury Democrat Barry P. Fogel in November.