By Mina Corpuz
LEOMINSTER -- After coming in second in the Democratic primary for North Worcester County Register of Deeds, Patti Buckley Malcolmson has announced she will launch a write-in campaign against incumbent Kathleen Daigneault.
“This is a really important position and there needs to be someone to be there and ready to work,” she said Wednesday. “This job is too important to give up the fight.”
The office oversees real-estate deeds and land titles for Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg, and Westminster.
Support from the community encouraged her to launch the write-in campaign, said Malcolmson, who is a case specialist in the real-estate recovery unit at UMass Medical School.
Daigneault said Wednesday that she is thankful she won the Democratic primary and looks forward to the general election.
“I wholeheartedly look forward to receiving support from all voters,” she said. “I’m happy to have my name on the ballot.”
There is no Republican challenger for her position, so it will be Daigneault and Malcolmson who will face off on Nov. 6.
Malcolmson emphasized that she has the most experience for the job through using the Registry of Deeds, familiarity with its documents, and using its computer system.
Being at the office is more important than “community outreach,” which she alleges is where Daigneault spends her time.
She and City Councilor David Cormier challenged Daigneault, who won more than 50 percent of the vote in the Tuesday state primary.
Daigneault received 3,761 votes followed by Malcolmson with 2,079 and Cormier with 1,483, according to unofficial tallies from the clerk’s offices in Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg and Westminster.
A vote tallying error led to the Associated Press to call the race for Malcolmson Tuesday night. The error was from giving her the entire 2,522 votes cast in Fitchburg even though she received 634 votes.
Malcolmson previously ran against Daigneault in 2012 as an unenrolled candidate.
Looking to the general election, Malcolmson said she looks to keep people engaged and educated about the work of the Registry of Deeds office. She has been in the five communities the office serves and will continue to reach out.
“Get ready,” Malcolmson said. “It’s coming.”
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