Skip to comments.Leah Cole Takes Stunning Win in Peabody State Rep. Race (Taxachusetts - GOP Pickup)
Posted on 04/03/2013 5:42:50 PM PDT by LdSentinal
A Republican will once again represent Peabody on Beacon Hill.
That's the shocking outcome of Tuesday's special election in the 12th Essex District. There were three candidates vying for the seat left open by the death of Joyce Spiliotis last year.
Republican Leah Cole, who is new to politics and was a longshot candidate until recently, scored a major upset and garnered 35 percent of the vote over 34 percent that went to Democrat Beverley Griffin Dunne and 31 percent for unenrolled candidate Dave Gravel.
According to the City Clerk's office, total voter turnout was 20 percent or 5,351 out of 26,730 registered voters in the district.
Before the clerk's office confirmed those numbers shortly before 9 p.m., Dunne told Peabody Patch the 73-vote margin didn't appear to leave much room for a recount. Gravel conceded at about 8:30 p.m., according to a Patch reporter at his campaign results-watching event.
The PDF attached to this article shows the results precinct-by-precinct. Cole, in fact, only won four precincts and tied with Gravel on one, while Dunne actually won eight precincts and Gravel took two outright.
The victory for Cole was surprising to locals on all sides, particularly given she was running against two well-established, popular Peabody politicians who each had their own strong local backing.
Cole, on the other hand, was mainly supported by Republicans and conservative advocacy groups across the state and had very little financial support from Peabody voters, based on campaign finance reports.
Fellow Republicans Dan Winslow and Michael Sullivan, who are running in their own special election race for Massachusetts' open U.S. Senate seat, both stopped in Peabody today to campaign with Cole.
The response from readers Tuesday night's results ran the gamut from elated to downcast.
"Congratulations, Leah! So glad you will be representing us!" Madalena Manza chimed in via Facebook, while Dave Ridley said it was a "shockingly fantastic result!"
"Oooh...God forbid a Republican with no ties to the State House won! I say good luck to her and I'm sure she will try her best to look out for the city!" wrote David Limongiello.
On the other end of the spectrum, Maria Catalano wondered: "Is this [an] April fool joke?" She wrote: "There goes Peabody, no Republican has my best interest in mind, sad."
"Sad day for Peabody. Peabody needs someone who will put citizens first. Don't see that happening now," said Tricia Wlasuk, while Donna DiNapoli echoed sentiments that Dunne and Gravel both took votes away from each other that wouldn't have gone to Cole.
"This is what happens when you have two really good candidates running against each other and they split the vote," she said.
"It was a good, clean campaign... I see a Scott Brown moment coming in Nov. 2014, but congrats for having the guts to step up and fight versus any Dem from MA... I still think [Dunne] could get more done for our community, but this is a democracy and the majority has spoken," wrote David MacDonald.
Leann Baldwin-Bowen attempted to shed further perspective on the results: "Congratulations to Leah and more power to her -- but this is not some massive demonstration against the Democratic party -- only 5,338 people in the city voted and she only won by 73 votes. It is more of a sad reality that people are so jaded by government that they don't care who wins and didn't bother to make the effort to vote."
The last Republican to represent Peabody at the State House was Peter Torkildsen of Danvers, who defeated House Majority Leader Jack Murphy of Peabody in 1984.
Torkildsen held the 13th Essex District seat from 1985-1990. He then spent 1991-1992 as the Commissioner of Labor and Industries in Massachusetts before heading off to Congress to represent Peabody and the rest of the 6th Essex District until 1996. He was preceded in Congress by Nicholas Mavroules and succeeded by John Tierney.
The 12th Essex District seat represents Ward 1 through 4 and Precinct 1 and 3 in Ward 5. Cole will now join Democrats Rep. Ted Speliotis of Danvers and Sen. Joan Lovely of Salem in representing Peabody at the State House.
Real Republican, or is she a female Scott Brown?
Real. Only way she won was due to two libtards splitting the stupid liberal vote.
Peabody is one of the most corrupt cities in the state!
This , my friends is Schaudefreude at it’s finest!!!
Best news I’ve heard in ages!
What do I learn from this?
We need Democrat straws.
And the best straw doesn’t know he’s a straw.
How do you think that Coupe “Mini-Me” Deval won last time with 34% of the vote? The Dems ran a straw Repub who had been a life-long Democrat. Works both ways.
GRRRRRRREAT news! Thanks for the post; thread/info. DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic. It’s easy to...
live - free - republic
I know. It’s time we played the same game.
That is our only hope on a national level, a plurality win.
Bloomberg could be our Perot, if we could get him to run as an indy.
Unfortunately he’s tight with BJ and Hildabeast and if Hillary is the D nominee, no chance Bloomie would run.
hey! before we forget, let’s offer a prayer for her, and pray that she exceeds all expectations as a true patriot and conservative! what an opportunity!
Former Peabody mayor Nick Mavroules, who passed on some years ago, later became US Rep for the 6th District. His downfall: He had to retire due to ill health. The voters got sick of him...and...
>>Mavroules was voted out of office in 1992, the year he was indicted on seventeen counts of corruption amid a federal investigation into alleged misuse of his office for private gain. Allegations included extortion, accepting illegal gifts and failing to report them on congressional disclosure and income tax forms. Mavroules pleaded guilty to fifteen counts in April 1993 and was sentenced to a fifteen-month prison term.
He had a code of “five bottles of wine”—$5,000—with his son in law, I think (and the son in law turned him in?). Howie used to play “Bottle of Wine” by the Fireballs in
honor of that
You mean “Nicky Pockets” Mavroules? Right?