BOSTON — Two years later, former Rep. Marcos Devers is now poised to reclaim the House seat he lost in 2016 after he and nine other Democrats on Tuesday won primary races in districts where no Republicans are on the ballot.
The candidates includes six women and four men who ran for open House seats in districts in Boston, western Massachusetts, Lawrence, Concord and Lexington.
On the Senate side, write-in candidate Jo Comerford of Northampton is on track to take the seat last held by former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
Comerford, who ran with the endorsement of former Congressman John Olver and former Amherst Rep. Ellen Story, among others, has worked at MoveOn.Org, the National Priorities Project and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, roles she has said give her the budget, issue and leadership experience to be “ready on day one” as a senator.
With nearly 54 percent of the vote, Comerford defeated three other Northampton Democrats: Chelsea Kline, the one candidate on the ballot, and write-ins Ryan O’Donnell and Steve Connor. Kline came in second with about 41 percent, according to Associated Press numbers.
According to a candidate list from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, no Republicans have lined up to seek the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester seat, giving Comerford a clear path for the general election.
More than half of the 200 state lawmakers are running unopposed, and most of the 20 incumbents with primary challengers prevailed on Tuesday, though some will face additional opponents in November.
The three Democrats who unseated incumbents — Nika Elugardo of Jamaica Plain, who beat House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez; Christopher Hendricks of New Bedford, who beat Rep. Robert Koczera; and Jon Santiago of Boston, who beat Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing — do not have general election opponents and are on track to take their seats in the House in January.
Set to join them are Democrats David Biele of Boston, Peter Capano of Lynn, Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton, Natalie Blais of Sunderland, Mindy Domb of Amherst, Michelle Ciccolo of Lexington, Tommy Vitolo of Brookline, Liz Miranda of Boston and Devers of Lawrence.
Two other Democrats who won their races for open seats have no Republican opponents in November but will face other candidates.
Tami Gouveia of Acton, who won the primary for the seat now held by retiring Rep. Cory Atkins, will face Green-Rainbow candidate Daniel Factor, and Liz Miranda of Boston, the primary winner for the seat Rep. Evandro Carvalho gave up in his unsuccessful run for Suffolk district attorney, will go against unenrolled candidate Althea Garrison.
Devers served in the House from 2010 until 2016, when he was unseated by fellow Lawrence Democrat Juana Matias. On Tuesday, he beat William Lantigua, who has served as both state representative and Lawrence mayor, by 200 votes. Matias put her seat on the line to run for Congress in the Third District, where she came in third with 24 more votes than fourth-place finisher Sen. Barbara L’Italien.
David Biele is set to claim the South Boston House seat last held by Sen. Nick Collins. A former Collins staffer who went on to work as a hearing officer with the Department of Public Utilities, Biele on Tuesday described his district as “very engaged” and voters there as “very well-informed” with “really great questions.”
The other race for a vacant House seat last held by a current state senator — Lynn’s Brendan Crighton — went to Peter Capano, a Lynn city councilor and president of Local 201 of the union IUE-CWA, which represents approximately 2,200 workers at companies, including General Electric.
Lindsay Sabadosa is the Democratic nominee for what was the late Rep. Peter Kocot’s seat. Sabadosa, director of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March, describes herself on her campaign website as a lifelong activist who organized her first protest at age 9.
In Tuesday’s most crowded state legislative race, Natalie Blais emerged from a field of eight Democrats as the likely successor to retiring Rep. Stephen Kulik. Blais has worked as a congressional aide to Olver and U.S. Rep. James McGovern, the first chief of staff to UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, and an assistant to Ben and Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.
Mindy Domb, the executive director of the Amherst Survival Center, won the primary for the seat Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose is giving up after one term. She co-founded the Berkshire AIDS Coalition and has worked on the campaigns of Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Retiring Rep. Frank Smizik’s endorsed candidate, Tommy Vitolo, is now looking to succeed him. Vitolo has served as Brookline constable since 2010. He holds a doctorate in systems engineering and has worked at Synapse Energy Economics for the past eight years.
Lexington Selectwoman Michelle Ciccolo is lined up to succeed Rep. Jay Kaufman. Ciccolo now runs a Boston-based consulting group and has held various municipal government jobs, including community development director and assistant town administrator in Hudson.
Of the four Senate seats where incumbents are not seeking re-election this year, three will feature competitive races in November — three neighboring districts along the New Hampshire border.
Lowell City Councilor Edward Kennedy came out on top in the five-way Democratic primary for the vacant Senate seat that had been held by Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue. He will square off in the general against Republican John MacDonald, also of Lowell.
To the east, former Sen. Barry Finegold prevailed in the primary for L’Italien’s Andover-based district, setting him up for a contest with Dracut Republican Joseph Espinola.
The North Shore district now represented by Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives had no primary fight. The Nov. 6 election will pit Rep. Diana DiZoglio, a Methuen Democrat, against Amesbury Republican Alexander Williams.