Voters head to the polls in five special elections today

Voters in parts of Boston, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Chelsea, and Westfield go to the polls today in special primary elections for four vacant seats in the state House of Representatives.

In the Dorchester-anchored 13th Suffolk District, five men are vying to succeed Martin J. Walsh, who left the seat to become Boston’s mayor.

The district runs from near the JFK/UMass MBTA station to Walsh’s home base of Savin Hill to the Neponset neighborhood and over the Neponset River to a single precinct in Quincy.


The candidates to succeed Walsh in the State House are Liam Curran, a lawyer who works for the City of Boston; Gene Gorman, a lecturer at Emerson College; Dan Hunt, former director of government affairs at the state parks department; PJ McCann a lawyer for the Boston Public Health Commission; and John O’Toole, a community activist and former City Council candidate.

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In the Second Suffolk District, which includes Charlestown and parts of Chelsea, three Democrats are vying to succeed Eugene L. O’Flaherty, who resigned to become Boston’s corporation counsel.

They are Roy A. Avellaneda of Chelsea, Christopher Remmes of Boston, and Daniel Joseph Ryan of Boston.

As of 9 a.m., turnout was low in Boston -- only 1,000 people had voted in the city, according to numbers provided by the Boston Election Department.

There are no Republicans on the ballot in either of those races, and the winners of today’s primaries are expected to win the April 1 special elections.


Another special primary election for the state House of Representatives today is in the 16th Suffolk District, which covers parts of Chelsea, Revere, and Saugus.

Four candidates vying to succeed Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who resigned to take a post as government affairs manager for the Boston Beer Co., are on today’s ballot.

The Democratic primary contenders are Joshua D. Monahan of Chelsea, Linda S. Rosa of Revere, and Roselee Vincent of Revere. The Republican on the ballot is Todd B. Taylor of Chelsea.

Voters in Westfield also hit the polls in a special primary election to fill the Fourth Hampden District House seat vacated by Donald F. Humason Jr., now a state senator.

The candidates there are veteran John C. Velis on the Democratic side and City Councilor Dan Allie on the Republican side.


There is also a special primary election in Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and part of Winchester to fill the Fifth Middlesex District state Senate seat vacated by Katherine Clark, who resigned after winning a seat in Congress.

The Democratic candidates are state Representatives Christopher G. Fallon of Malden and Jason M. Lewis of Winchester, as well as former school committee member Anthony V. Guardia of Wakefield. The sole Republican candidate on the ballot for the state Senate seat is Monica C. Medeiros, a Melrose alderman.

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