Lombardo Easily Wins Billerica Rep Race
BILLERICA -- Incumbent state Rep. Marc Lombardo declared an early victory Tuesday, securing a seat in the Statehouse for another two-year term.
“We get a couple more years now at state representative and we’ve got a lot more work to do, being a voice for the taxpayers, being sure we provide strong constituent services, continue tacking the opioid epidemic and making sure Beacon Hill is accountable to each and every one of you,” Lombardo told his supporters at a victory celebration at the VFW Solomon Post.
Lombardo won the 22nd Middlesex District with 6,959 votes with nine out of 11 precincts reporting, according to Lombardo’s campaign.
Democratic challenger Chris Tribou received 4,715 votes, according to the same count.
Matthew Mixon, who lists his political affiliation as “Second American Revolution,” received 77 votes across three precincts.
Lombardo said Tribou contacted him to concede. Tribou could not be immediately reached for comment.
Lombardo, 36, was first elected to state office in 2010 after serving on the Board of Selectmen. This election, he ran on a platform promising to be a strong advocate for education local aid, hold the line on taxes and create a friendly business climate for economic development.
In an October debate held by The Sun and Billerica Access Television, Lombardo and Tribou split on a number of issues. Lombardo advocated for a “no” vote on all three ballot question and spoke against making Billerica a sanctuary state. Tribou, 25, argued for a “yes” vote on the three ballot questions and said he supports a version of the Safe Communities Act endorsed by police.
Tribou, a town meeting representative and member of the Planning Board, listed his political priorities as tackling the opioid crisis, improving infrastructure like sidewalks and providing accessible constituent services.
During the campaign, Lombardo touted his record including money he helped secure for the district for projects like the Yankee Doodle Bike Path and Boston Road revitalization.
Tribou stood outside Parker Elementary School in the drizzling rain Tuesday evening. By 7 p.m. turnout in the precinct was nearing almost 1,400, not quite presidential election numbers, but far higher than typical elections, which draw a few hundred, according to poll workers.
One voter, who decline to give his name, said he was impressed by Tribou’s continued involvement in the community, however as a Republican, cast his vote for Lombardo.
Other voters said they were drawn to the polls, not by the 22nd Middlesex District race, but by statewide issues and candidates.
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