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Robertson Leads, but Miceli Seat Race Too Close to Call

November 7, 2018

Dave Robertson was in the lead Tuesday night as results came in for the 19th Middlesex District race for state representative.

Results of early voting in Tewksbury were not expected to come in until around midnight, according to Tewksbury Town Clerk Denise Graffeo.

Robertson earned 7,869 votes, not including early votes in Tewksbury, according to preliminary results. There were an estimated 3,800 early voting ballots in Tewksbury.

His challengers also vying for the seat to represent Tewksbury and Wilmington were Republican candidate Pina Prinzivalli and unenrolled candidate Patricia Meuse, both of Tewksbury. Prinzivalli and Meuse earned 7,265 and 1,311 votes, respectively, also not including early voting numbers from Tewksbury.

Robertson worked in the office of the late Rep. Jim Miceli for 10 years, most recently serving as his legislative aide. Miceli served as state representative from 1977 until his death in April. Before the results came in Tuesday evening, Robertson said he was feeling confident. He said it has been incredible to get the support from so many throughout the campaign.

“I am cautiously optimistic. We were the campaign of positivity,” Roberston said. “I’m extremely proud, I feel good, but I won’t sleep easy until everything this counted.”

Prinzivalli’s campaign largely focused on putting the taxpayers first and she has been outspoken in her opposition to becoming a sanctuary state.

“I just feel very positive about this. I just feel the residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington are ready to have their voices heard on Beacon Hill,” Prinzivalli said. “It feels really good to know there’s all these people backing me up and have faith in what I will do for the district.”

“It’s amazing and humbling,” he said. “We ran a positive campaign, a clean campaign the whole time. I’m proud of what we did.”

Robertson came out on top among five other Democratic candidates in the primary election in September. His campaign has focused on being an advocate for the town’s public schools, addressing the senior housing need and more.

Meuse served as a School Committee member in Tewksbury and has been on the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Committee for the past 23 years. She grew up in Wilmington and moved to Tewksbury, where she raised her family. For Prinzivalli, who works as a bank branch manager, this was her first time running for an elected position. She purchased a home in Tewksbury in 2015.

“I’m disappointed with the numbers,” Meuse said of her results. “I would have liked to be an upset. I believe I would have done a great job and I thank all the people who were out there helping me.”

Follow Kori Tuitt on Twitter @KoriTuitt.

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