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Opinion

Lawrence harmon

Forry’s win ushers in new era

Linda Dorcena Forry, a 39-year-old Haitian-American state representative from Dorchester, has apparently won the Democratic primary for the traditional “Southie seat’’ in the state Senate. The victory, albeit narrow, says volumes about the new political realities in Boston.

Dorcena Forry, an eight-year representative, could be seen in many ways as a perfect crossover candidate. She is married to an Irish-American publisher from a prominent Dorchester family. She always enjoyed strong support from suburban Milton voters who were part of her state House district. But she didn’t need suburbanites to carry her to victory this time. With this win, Dorcena Forry becomes the face of New Boston.

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