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Watertown's Devaney Wins Governor's Council Primary

Devaney got strong support in Watertown and Waltham to defeat Brookline's Harry Margolis.

Watertown's Marilyn Petitto Devaney won a narrow victory in the primary for the Third District of the Governor's Council Thursday with the help of voters in her hometown and Waltham.

With all 270 precincts reporting in 32 communities, Devaney won with 17,469 votes (41.5 percent of the vote), ahead of Brookline's Harry Margolis' 14,526 and 10,069 for Charlie Shapiro of Newton, according to results reported to the Boston Globe by the Associated Press, and Waltham results gathered by Waltham Patch.

"I always say, I don't own the seat, but I love the job," Devaney said.

Devaney will face independent candidate Tom Sheff in the November general election when she seeks her eighth term on the Governor's Council.

She fared well in Watertown, where she got 1,058 votes (53 percent), and in Waltham where she got 1,592 votes (53 percent). She also fared well in Belmont (1,045 votes), Arlington (1,709), Lexington (938), Concord (949), Woburn (830) and Marlborough (775).

This year Devaney dealt with a significantly different district. About 1/5 of the district changed, including losing Cambridge and Lowell. 

Margolis fared very well in his hometown, where he received 3,502 votes, or 81 percent of the tallies. He also won in Newton with 2,717 votes, which was even more than hometown candidate Shapiro's 2,584. Devaney won the rest of the communities.

John Bowe September 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I can't recall anyone admitting to me that they voted for Devaney over the years. The Dems have to put up a single candidate to get her out of there. Splitting their efforts year after year is a strategy for recurring loss. Of course this colonial holdover office should be abolished anyway.

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