2 in state House leadership ousted in primaries

September 5, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Two veteran state lawmakers from Boston who were part of the House leadership have been defeated by challengers in Democratic primaries.

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, lost his re-election bid on Tuesday to Democrat Nika Elugardo. Sanchez had served in the House since 2003.

Rep. Byron Rushing, the assistant majority leader in the House who was first elected to the Legislature in 1982, was defeated by Democrat Jon Santiago.

Elugardo had made immigration a key issue in the campaign. She criticized Sanchez for not insisting upon language in the final version of the state budget that called for sharp limits on cooperation between police and federal immigration officials.

Sanchez said while he personally supported that language, there wasn’t enough House backing for it.

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