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September 14, 2010

Big day for local Republicans

Bill Hudak, Stephen Cole and Valentino Trolyi brought smiles for local Republicans by securing their places on the November ballot in yesterday's state primary.

Hudak, a Boxford Republican, took more than 70 percent of the vote to win his party's nomination for a seat in Congress representing state's Sixth District.

Cole, a retired engineer from Newburyport, eked out a narrow victory in the race for the state Senate seat in the First Essex District, beating opponent Sean Downing of Methuen by less than 300 votes. Cole carried seven of the nine towns in the district, but Downing was able to win his ometown by more than 900 votes to keep it close.

Valentino Troyli, a retired computer administrator, won a spot on the November ballot for state Representative in the First Essex District by securing 357 write-in votes, more than 200 more than he needed to get on the ballot.

Massachusetts voters picked winners in a slew of key Beacon Hill and congressional primaries Tuesday, setting the stage for a six-week dash to the November general election.

The only statewide races were for the open auditor and treasurer seats. There were also contested primaries in eight of the state’s 10 congressional districts, dozens of legislative seats and several district attorney offices.

The most crowded of the statewide contests was the race for auditor.

In the Democratic primary, former Patrick administration Labor Secretary Suzanne Bump outpolled Worcester County Sheriff Guy and Northeastern University official Mike Lake. Former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board member Mary Connaughton bested businessman Kamal Jain for the Republican nod.

“Bring on the debates,” Connaughton said.

In the race for state treasurer, Steve Grossman, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and Newton businessman, defeated longtime Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy.

Grossman will face off against Republican Karyn Polito in the general election. Polito was unopposed in the GOP primary and quickly labeled Grossman a political insider “who has made a career out of defending higher taxes and more spending.

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