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Robertson Takes Tewksbury-Wilmington Rep Seat

November 7, 2018

Incoming state Rep. David Robertson, and challenger Patricia Meuse.

Dave Robertson will succeed his former boss, the late Rep. James Miceli, at the State House.

In a race that stretched into early Wednesday morning, Robertson, a Democrat, received 9,110 in unofficial totals. Republican Pina Prinzivalli received 8,216, while independent Patricia Meuse finished with 1,570.

The seat represents the bulk of Tewksbury and Wilmington.

Robertson worked in the office of the late Rep. Jim Miceli for 10 years, most recently serving as his legislative aide. Miceli served as state representative from 1977 until his death in April. Before the results came in Tuesday evening, Robertson said he was feeling confident. He said it has been incredible to get the support from so many throughout the campaign.

“I am cautiously optimistic. We were the campaign of positivity,” Roberston said. “I’m extremely proud, I feel good, but I won’t sleep easy until everything this counted.”

Prinzivalli’s campaign largely focused on putting the taxpayers first and she has been outspoken in her opposition to becoming a sanctuary state.

“I just feel very positive about this. I just feel the residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington are ready to have their voices heard on Beacon Hill,” Prinzivalli said. “It feels really good to know there’s all these people backing me up and have faith in what I will do for the district.”

“It’s amazing and humbling,” he said. “We ran a positive campaign, a clean campaign the whole time. I’m proud of what we did.”

Robertson came out on top among five other Democratic candidates in the primary election in September. His campaign has focused on being an advocate for the town’s public schools, addressing the senior housing need and more.

Meuse served as a School Committee member in Tewksbury and has been on the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Committee for the past 23 years. She grew up in Wilmington and moved to Tewksbury, where she raised her family. For Prinzivalli, who works as a bank branch manager, this was her first time running for an elected position. She purchased a home in Tewksbury in 2015.

“I’m disappointed with the numbers,” Meuse said of her results. “I would have liked to be an upset. I believe I would have done a great job and I thank all the people who were out there helping me.”

Follow Kori Tuitt on Twitter @KoriTuitt.

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