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Robertson Wins 19th Middlesex

September 5, 2018

Dave Robertson, of Tewksbury, one of five Democratic candidates in the 19th Middlesex District state representative race. SUN/KORI TUITT Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

Dave Robertson won over Tewksbury and Wilmington voters in the Democratic primary Tuesday, and may succeed the late Rep. James Miceli.

While Robertson, 28, is a Tewksbury native, over the years he became a familiar face in both towns, attending events and meetings alongside Miceli as his legislative aide, or coming in his place. He earned 1,341 votes between the two towns, according to unofficial results.

“I felt obliged to give back to town, and seeing all these folks come out and put their faith in me is humbling,” Robertson said, just hours before polls were closing Tuesday.

Four other candidates were vying for the Democratic nomination. The candidates were Judy O’Connell, former Wilmington selectman and School Committee member; Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman; Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy; and Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson.

O’Connell came in second with 1,242 votes. McCoy placed third with 1,100 votes. Kratman garnered 879 votes and Johnson earned 533 votes.

Michelle Dick, a Tewksbury resident, said it only made sense to support Robertson, who already has experience in the Statehouse.

“I think he’s going to hit the ground running,” said Dick, of Tewksbury. “He already knows the job, he’s intelligent, he’s hardworking. He’s all the qualities you want in a state rep.”

Some of the major issues to come up in this race are not uncommon to other communities in Massachusetts. Residents wanted a leader to address the housing crisis and be an advocate for senior and affordable housing. Residents also voiced concerns with the road and infrastructure along Route 38. And, of course, constituents wanted someone to address the opioid crisis.

When Robertson entered arrived at his celebration at Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury, his supporters erupted into cheers, jubilant for his success. McCoy stopped by Wamesit Lanes to congratulate Robertson on the win. Robertson said he was flattered, humbled and excited by the nomination.

“I feel honored,” Robertson said. “It’s been a dream because I feel like I owe everything to the town and the residents. I feel so lucky to be able to pay that obligation back.”

He will face Republican Pina Prinzivalli and unenrolled candidate Patricia Meuse in the general election.

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