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Devaney Defeats Margolis and Shapiro to Win Governor's Council Primary

Devaney got strong support in Watertown and Waltham to defeat Brookline's Harry Margolis and Newton's Charlie Shapiro.

Watertown's Marilyn Petitto Devaney won a narrow victory in the primary for the Third District of the Governor's Council Thursday with the help of voters in her hometown and Waltham.

With 264 of 270 precincts reporting in 32 communities, Devaney won with 16,956 votes, ahead of Brookline's Harry Margolis' 14,269 and 9,830 for , according to results reported to the Boston Globe by the Associated Press, and Waltham results gathered by Waltham Patch.

"I always say, I don't own the seat, but I love the job," Devaney said.

Devaney will face independent candidate in the November general election when she seeks her eighth term on the Governor's Council.

She fared well in Watertown, where she got 1,058 votes (53 percent), and in Waltham where she got 1,592 votes (53 percent). She also fared well in Belmont (1,045 votes), Arlington (1,709), Lexington (938), Concord (949), Woburn (830) and Marlborough (775).

In Newton, though, she got the least amount of votes between the three candidates, bringing in just 19 percent of the vote. 

This year's Devaney dealt with a significantly different district. About 1/5 of the district changed, including losing Cambridge and Lowell. 

Margolis fared very well in his hometown, where he received 3,502 votes, or 81 percent of the tallies. He also won in Newton with 2,717 votes, which was even more than hometown candidate Shapiro's 2,584. Devaney won the rest of the communities.

Charlie Shapiro September 07, 2012 at 05:21 AM
A huge "Thank you" to our volunteers and supporters! I congratulate Ms. Devaney on her primary win and I thank Mr. Margolis on joining me for a civil, issues based campaign. One of my goals in running for the office was to increase public awareness and understanding of the Governor's Council and I'm proud that's something we were able to help achieve. - Charlie Shapiro

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