Dems pick up three seats on Beacon Hill
In 17th Worcester District, LeBoeuf claims seat back for Democrats
REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER won a landslide reelection victory on Tuesday, but he had few coattails on Beacon Hill as his party ended up losing a couple seats in the Legislature.
Rep. James Lyons Jr., a conservative firebrand from Andover for the last eight years, lost his seat to Democratic newcomer Tram Nguyen in a high-spending race that attracted national attention. Over in the Senate, Democrat Rebecca Rausch of Needham ousted Sen. Richard Ross of Wrentham, who won the seat in 2010 when Scott Brown departed for the US Senate.
The victory of Democrat David LeBoeuf of Worcester also moved a vacant seat that had been occupied by a Republican into the Democratic column. The Republicans narrowly avoided losing another seat that had been occupied by a Republican when Michael Soter of Bellingham defeated 22-year-old Patrick Malone by an estimated 500 votes; Malone conceded early Wednesday morning.
Election Results: LeBoeuf in 17th Worcester
WORCESTER - In the election for an open House seat in the 17th Worcester District, which includes Leicester and the Webster Square and Main South sections of Worcester, David LeBoeuf, a Democratic operative from Worcester, declared victory over Paul Fullen, a Republican and Worcester firefighter.
About 9 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. LeBoeuf told supporters at Zorba’s restaurant that he was headed to victory with 58 percent of the vote.
He will succeed state Rep. Kate Campanale, R-Leicester, who ran for county register of deeds. The late John Binienda, a Worcester Democrat, previously represented the district for 28 years.
The contest pitted a liberal Democratic operative who has worked for former Senate President Harriette Chandler and former City Manager Michael O’Brien against a conservative Republican firefighter who campaigned as a political outsider. Both candidates were making their first bid for elective office.
David LeBoeuf is the new state rep. for the 17th Worcester District, beating Paul Fullen to replace Republican Kate Campanale and flip the swing district in Democrat hands.
LeBoeuf called the victory at his campaign party. He took 59 percent of the vote, per unofficial results.
The race was a heated one, marked by negative mailers, a divisive candidates forum and allegations of ethical breaches. It pitched a staunchly-progressive Democrat in LeBoeuf against a hard-right Republican in Fullen in what has been a swing district, in at least the last decade. The 17th Worcester District comprises all of Leicester and South Worcester.
Capping his speech at his election night party at Zorba’s in Worcester, LeBoeuf commented on the tenor of the race.
“In this campaign, they went low, and we went to vote,” he said. “And we won.”
David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf is elected to the Massachusetts State House as the Representative for the 17th Worcester District!
Interview with Talk of the Commonwealth
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David LeBoeuf, Democratic Candidate for the 17th Worcester District, talks about his State Rep race along with all the issues that face the 17th Worcester District as well as the Commonwealth at large.
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Meeting Civil Rights Hero Congressman John Lewis
This weekend I joined the Walk for the Homeless to benefit the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. I participated in the walk when I was at South High and proud to join so many people again. As the Board President of Neighborworks Homeownership Center of Central Massachusetts and a former organizer for The Campaign to Protect The Affordable Housing Law, issues of homeownership and preventing homelessness are close to my heart.
Plants for A Cause
“You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way... to get in the way.”- John Lewis
I had the honor to meet a civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis at an event to support another legislative hero, Congressman Jim McGovern
Teacher Appreciation Day
Stopped by the Regional Environmental Council (REC)’s Annual plant sale this morning and signed the Raise Up Massachusetts petitions for an increase in the minimum wage and paid family medical leave thanks to the Worcester County Food Bank.
Happy Teachers Appreciation Day and Nurses Appreciation Week!
As a legislator I’ll make sure we appreciate teachers and nurses every day. That’s why I’m fighting for fully funded public schools, safe patient limits, universal pre-k, and health insurance protections for our retirees. Let’s make sure Massachusetts stands with those who work every day standing up for our health and our children’s future.
This week I joined members of the community in solidarity with the #WorcesterWorks campaign for equitable hiring and stricter wage theft ordinances. Thank you to the organizers for highlighting these critical issues and to my friends Mary Keefe and Jay Gonzalez who also attended the rally. #ThisIsWorcester
Public School Funding
Every day needs to be #EqualPayDay. Pay inequity harms not only women, but also the families that rely on their income, and the economy overall. The wage gap also disproportionality impacts women in different racial and ethnic communities. Nothing could be more important than ensuring that all workers receive equal pay for equal work.
"The meager increases for next year reflect a recent trend of relatively flat state aid for many school systems under a funding formula widely criticized by educators for failing to adequately estimate the annual costs of providing a public education and accurately weigh a community’s ability to pay."
- Modest state aid increase leaves many school systems strapped, The Boston Globe
Open Letter to Governor Baker: Protect Public Transit in Leicester & Worcester
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Before going door to door in Rochedale this afternoon I had the opportunity to volunteer with Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound Program. It was a great time working with an amazing group of students and sharing tips on how to prepare for college and job interviews. ￼
Dear Governor Baker,
In your 2018 State of the Commonwealth address, you assured the residents of Massachusetts that your administration would “deliver the public transit system the people of this Commonwealth deserve.” Those of us who live in Central Massachusetts welcomed the commitment, and were excited to work with your administration to address an issue that drives inequality in our state. While most of the media attention is focused on the challenges faced by the MBTA, Worcester County is also plagued by the lack of foresight in transportation planning.
The human and economic costs of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts is catastrophic. Congratulations to City Manager Augustus for having the courage to take on an industry that values profits over the dignity of human life.
In my past work in social services, I saw firsthand how addiction tore apart families. This lead me to get involved with community-based organizations committed to addressing the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis. We as a Commonwealth need to do better to make sure one more preventable death does not occur on our watch.
The Big Power of Small Business
Yesterday I stood with our brothers and sisters in organized labor for the Working People’s Day of Action. My grandfather was a union steward with Teamsters Local 170 and was a leader in the organizing movement at Consolidated Beverages. My mother was a member of the MNA before her retirement. The reason why my grandfather was able to retire in dignity and why my family has had opportunities to succeed is because of the fruits of the labor movement.
Last week I had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC and attend one of the nation’s largest summits of small business owners. It was great to reconnect with companies across the country I’ve worked with and hear from policymakers focused on building the economy.