Fitchburg’s Stephan Hay Easily Holds His State Representative Seat
FITCHBURG -- Democratic Rep. Stephan Hay won a second full term as state representative of the 3rd Worcester District on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.
“I thank the voters of the 3rd Worcester District for the confidence they showed in me. I hope that I continue to reward that confidence, and I look forward to representing them come 2019,” said Hay.
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Hay received about 68 percent of the vote, or 7,040 of 10,385 votes cast. Hay’s challenger, Mount Wachusett Community College Professor Elmer Eubanks-Archbold, received 3,345 votes, according to unofficial results.
He said his victory Tuesday shows that voters are in step with his political leanings and feel his office listens to their comments and concerns.
“They have confidence in the job that I do, I think they agree with me on issues and they know that I’m responsive to constituent services,” he said.
The 3rd Worcester District comprises all of Fitchburg and Precinct B in Lunenburg.
Hay, a former Fitchburg City Councilor of 18 years, beat former Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran in a March 2016 special election.
The special election was called when former Representative Stephen DiNatale resigned with a year left in his term when he was elected mayor of Fitchburg.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Tran was reelected to the state Senate Tuesday, having won just over 54 percent of the vote over Leominster City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir, according to unofficial results.
Hay was elected to his first full term in office in the fall of 2016, handily cinching the Democratic primary and sailing uncontested through the November general election.
Eubanks-Archbold said it was tough to beat a candidate whose name is so recognizable in the region. He noted that he was unable to participate in some fundraising activities since he works at a public institution.
“I had my hands tied, I couldn’t fundraise, I couldn’t do a lot of things to get the vote out, so that was a really big challenge.”
Eubanks-Archbold thanked his supporters. When asked whether he would consider a future run for office, he said “I’ll think about it, I’ll see what the future has in store.”
He plans to continue looking for ways to improve the city and create better housing for all residents, he said.
“I really hope to look at how we can make a difference in the city, we can each chip in and see how we can make individual and collective change,” he said. “I think there’s a lot left to do in Fitchburg.”