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Amore Feels Squeezed by Election Calendar

September 6, 2018
Amore Feels Squeezed by Election Calendar

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BOSTON -- In making the case for springtime primaries in Massachusetts, the Republican candidate for secretary of state is pointing to his own race.

Anthony Amore of Swampscott will square off against incumbent Secretary William Galvin on Nov. 6, after Galvin on Tuesday soundly defeated Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in the Democratic Party primary. Galvin won in every municipality except Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, according to a WBUR results map.

The heated race between Galvin and Zakim “really sucked all the energy out of the room for months,” Amore said after polls closed Tuesday night, calling the contest a “perfect example” of why the state should hold its primaries in the spring.

This year’s primary date, the day after Labor Day, had been a flashpoint in the primary race, with Zakim and Galvin disagreeing over the best days to open polls to avoid conflict with Jewish holidays while also making ballots available to troops overseas.

“For the person who’s running in the opposition party, so to speak, I have to wait until September, and I really only have two months to make my case, where as my competition, in this sort of scenario has been on the front pages for months,” Amore told the News Service.

Dan Fishman, the Libertarian candidate for auditor, endorsed Amore on Wednesday in a press release where he said some unenrolled voters on Tuesday were told there was no Libertarian ballot, no Libertarians running, or that they were not allowed to vote in the Libertarian primary. Fishman is the only statewide Libertarian candidate this cycle.

Fishman said he encourages “all supporters of Liberty and fair elections” to vote for Amore as well.

Amore, the director of security at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, plans a 1 p.m. press conference outside the State House Thursday to discuss his election security ideas, proposals he characterized as “much more professional and forward thinking than stuff we’ve seen in the past.”

Galvin on Tuesday night said his office has a “very strong record” on electoral security.

“I think all of us are concerned about the intergrity of the election process going forward, and that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to run again,” said Galvin, who was first elected in 1994.

Asked if he planned to run for the seat again after this year’s elections, Galvin said, “I’ll see when we get there.”

“I have to win the election,” he said. “I’m sure Mr. Amore is waiting in the wings for me, so we’ll see.”

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