FRAMINGHAM – In a four-way race for the state representative seat held by the late Chris Walsh, Maria Robinson, in her first elected campaign, easily won in the 6th Middlesex District.
Final unofficial results were made available by the City Clerk’s office around midnight. The delay was due to counting in Precinct 2, one of 11 Precincts in Framingham that vote for the 6th Middlseex District.
Robinson won with 1,911 write-in votes. Attorney and Framingham EDIC chair Mike Gatlin was second with 792 write-in votes, and Mary Kate Feeney, who also was in her first elected campaign, finished third with 535 votes. Former Mayoral candidate Mark Tilden finished fourth on the Democratic ballot with 29 votes city-wide. Republican Thomas Blandford received 2 write-in votes on the Democratic ballots.
Robinson will face no one on the Republican ballot in November, as no one received the minimum 150 write-in votes.
Blandford received the most write-in votes on the Republican ballots with 99. Gatlin received 47, Feeney 29 and Robinson 22. Tilden received 2.
“I am humbled to receive the Democratic nomination for state representative and grateful for the opportunity to share in the lives of my neighbors across Framingham,” said Robinson to Source. “Ours is a beautiful and diverse city, and I look forward to working with all of the residents of Framingham and taking their interests to the State House.”
Asked why she won so heavily, Robinson told Source “my campaign strategy focused on people — we knocked doors, spent time talking to voters, and really focused on the issues that matter most to Framingham.”
Robinson said she “heard about hardships with health care, issues with aging in place, concerns about making rent — issues that are often invisible to many. I want to help improve the quality of life for all people in Framingham. My campaign was truly inclusive, and I intend to maintain that inclusivity as a state representative. ”
She said she wanted to thank “Mike Gatlin, Mary Kate Feeney, Mark Tilden, and Tom Blandford for running. It is not easy to put yourself out there in a campaign, and I appreciate all of the thoughts and ideas they brought to the table. I hope to work with each of them to ensure that their priorities are being addressed in the State House.”
Gatlin in a statement to Source said “Our campaign’s statement is the following, “I am incredibly proud of this campaign. Everyone who was a part of our organization demonstrated a real commitment to Framingham and the causes we believe are most important to this district. We wish Maria the best of luck and I look forward to all of us continuing to serve Framingham.”
Feeney said last night after she called Robinson to congratulate her “the last three months were a whirlwind and something I will never forget. While tonight’s result is not what I had hoped, I would not change anything. It was an honor to have this opportunity to run to be your voice on Beacon Hill.”
The former aide for Governor Deval Patrick also wanted said “a huge, huge thank you to all my supporters. Whether you hosted a sign on your lawn, made phone calls, joined me canvassing, stood out in the heat holding a sign, wrote a letter to the editor, or any other number of things it takes to run a true grassroots campaign, I am honored by your support and belief in me.”
Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15 saw no names on the ballot for the 6th Middlesex district after the late Chris Walsh died after the deadline for nomination papers. All the candidates for that seat waged write-in campaigns. There were five candidates who declared write-in campaigns to the City Clerk’s office. Last weekend, a sixth candidate Tom Tierney started placing signs in the City also for the seat.