There is still quite a bit of puzzlement over what happened in Thursday’s primary election, specifically regarding sitting City Councilor Sal LaMattina‘s loss by 799 votes (48%-51%) in the Suffolk Register of Probate race to relatively unknown newcomer, Patty Campatelli. Both candidates vying for the vacated seat hailed from East Boston, but LaMattina has been on the Boston political scene a lot longer, including management experience at the Boston Transportation Department before that. His initial election in 2006 to the City Council was very close (152 votes close), but since then he has become a relatively popular City Councilor with little political opposition. LaMattina’s campaign literature also boasted of a strong endorsement by Boston Mayor Menino.
The North End / Waterfront strongly supported Sal LaMattina, by a 4 to 1 margin, as shown by the neighborhood precinct voting results:
North End / Waterfront Precinct Voting Results for Register of Probate:
_____ ________LaMattina Campatelli
Ward 3 / Precinct 1 342 68
Ward 3 / Precinct 2 124 34
Ward 3 / Precinct 3 129 25
Ward 3 / Precinct 4 191 25
Ward 3 / Precinct 6 93 71
LaMattina also won in East Boston and Charlestown. In Eastie, the neighborhood home to both candidates, it was 1247-499 for LaMattina. Still, he lost in several other districts in Boston, failing to hold the city as a whole. LaMattina edged out Campatelli in Winthrop and Revere, but by narrower margins than expected. He also lost in Chelsea where his name-recognition and City Hall backing appeared diluted.
Suffolk County – Register of Probate Primary Election Results:
______________ _____ ___LaMattina________Campatelli
Boston 12980 13779
Chelsea 386 488
Revere 1184 975
Winthrop 604 523
Total 15154 15765
People close to the campaign believe the political environment in Boston currently gives an edge to women. The week of the primary election featured a non-stop “Ladies First” focus at the Democratic National Convention and was helped locally by Elizabeth Warren’s campaign advertising for U.S. Senate (See her latest woman’s rights TV ad). City Councilor Ayanna Pressley also went from underdog to top the ticket in last year’s City Council election against an all-male lineup.
LaMattina conceded the election on Thursday night. He also posted a “thank you” message on Facebook to his supporters, saying he will get back to focusing on his job as city councilor.
Where is Patty Campatelli? There is a lot of interest in hearing from the winner, yet that is turning out to be an unusually difficult task. It has been dead silence from the new Register of Probate. (See the Globe: Campatelli quiet after surprise win in Suffolk Register’s case.) Now, three days later, the new Register of Probate has yet to make a statement or return media inquires. After an embarrassing string of messages on Facebook, she has shut off the page.
Dello Russo versus Hennigan
Also dominating the North End / Waterfront by a 4-1 margin was the North End’s Bobby Dello Russo, although he lost 63%-37% in the overall race for Clerk of Courts (Criminal) against Jamaica Plain resident, Maura Hennigan. Hennigan benefited from name recognition as the incumbent and former City Councilor in West Roxbury, known as a voter-heavy neighborhood. On Friday, Dello Russo posted a Facebook message thanking his supporters. Neighborhood voting precinct results for the Clerk of Courts race are shown below.
North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Precinct Voting Results for Clerk of Courts (Criminal):
_______ ______Dello Russo Hennigan
Ward 3/ Precinct 1 342 82
Ward 3/ Precinct 2 132 27
Ward 3/ Precinct 3 145 18
Ward 3/ Precinct 4 191 25
Ward 3/ Precinct 6 98 73