STONEHAM, MA - State Representative Michael Day (D-Stoneham) easily fended off his third election challenge from Stoneham Selectman Caroline Colarusso during state elections on Tuesday.
According to unofficial results from Stoneham Town Clerk Maria Sagarino's office, the incumbent captured 61 percent of the total votes cast in the race for 31st Middlesex District that includes all of Stoneham and Winchester.
In a message to supporters after the polls closed on Tuesday night, the Stoneham Democrat thanked his constituents for sending back to Beacon Hill for a third-term. In a separate campaign statement released to the media, the State Representative promised to refocus on moving forward his legislative district instead of being distracted by what he labeled "the politics of destruction".
"Thank you to the voters of Stoneham and Winchester for re-electing me to the position of state representative. I sincerely appreciate your support and will work every day to honor your votes," he said in a social media post.
In Stoneham, Day, who topped the ticket in every Stoneham precinct, finished with 6,290 votes to Colarusso's 4,411. His 6,658-to-3,740 vote margin of victory was slightly larger in Winchester, where according to unofficial election results, the incumbent also swept every voting precinct.
According to Colarusso, though disappointed by the end result, she is grateful for all the encouragement she received during the campaign.
The Republican candidate, who clashed with the incumbent over a host of issues that included immigration reform, transgender rights, and school funding reform, will continue to serve as the senior member of Stoneham's Board of Selectmen.
"I am grateful for all the love, commitment, and hard work from my family, friends, and supporters," she remarked through a Facebook message. "The last few months, my team of volunteers were my champions."
"Although the outcome was not what we had hoped for, wee are thankful for all the warm support and dedication from so many of you. I will continue to work hard and fight for all of you every day," the challenger added.
Day's success at the polls on Tuesday matches the results of his last race against Colarusso two years ago, when he similarly swept every voting precinct and beat the popular selectwoman by a 4,000 vote margin.
Colarusso has now lost three straight races against the incumbent. Her best showing at the polls happened in 2014, when Day was first elected to office by a slim 224 vote margin.