Chelsea’s Todd Taylor, a Republican, pulled out a win in his hometown, but couldn’t best Revere’s RoseLee Vincent – who won convincingly in the 16th Suffolk District Special Election Tuesday night via a larger Revere vote on an overall low-turnout day.
Only 4.68 percent of Chelsea voters came to the polls, but Taylor managed to win over 129 votes in Prattville versus Vincent’s 112. However, in Revere, where 11.77 percent of voters came out, Vincent nailed down the win with 1,354 votes to Taylor’s 457.
Results from both communities – which do not include two precincts in Saugus – were Vincent with 1,466 votes and Taylor with 586 votes.
“It is an absolute honor to be elected State Representative of the 16th Suffolk District,” Representative Elect RoseLee Vincent said Tuesday night. “I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received. I’m forever grateful for the support of my family, my incredibly dedicated group of volunteers and to the voters of Revere, Saugus and Chelsea in achieving this victory. I am going to hit the ground running and give my heart and soul to be a strong voice for the communities and people of the 16th Suffolk District.”
In other Chelsea election news, Representative-Elect Dan Ryan of Charlestown cruised to an unopposed victory Tuesday night.
Ryan got 356 votes in Chelsea and 1,303 votes in Charlestown for a total of 1,659 votes.
Both representatives will have to run again in September for the same seat. Already, Chelsea’s Roy Avellaneda has announced he will run against Ryan in the September Democratic Primary. Meanwhile, Vincent is also expected to have an opponent from Revere in September, but nothing official has been announced.
It was uncertain at press time if Taylor would run again as a Republican in the November General Election.