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Moran, MacGregor win special elections for state representatives for two Boston-area seats

In the 9th Suffolk District, the result appears already decided with consultant and community advocate John Moran as the lone candidate actively campaigning and the contest’s presumptive winner.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Two Democrats are headed to Beacon Hill to represent Boston and part of Brookline after winning a special state primary election Tuesday to fill vacancies in the 9th and 10th Suffolk Districts.

The primary contests, which drew no Republican candidates, were held to fill the vacancies of former Representatives Jon Santiago and Edward F. Coppinger, with special general elections to follow on May 30.

In the 9th Suffolk District, John Moran won the seat with 1,751 votes, or 86 percent of the ballots cast, according to unofficial election results posted on the city’s website.


The South End Democrat became the last remaining candidate after his primary opponent, Amparo “Chary” Ortiz, suspended her campaign “to attend to personal and family matters,” she wrote in a statement.

Moran, who also has Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s endorsement, succeeds Santiago, who stepped down in March after Governor Maura Healey named him the next secretary of Veteran’s Services.

In the 10th Suffolk District, which stretches from Jamaica Plain to West Roxbury across part of Brookline, Bill MacGregor of West Roxbury, former chief of staff for former Boston city councilor Matt O’ Malley, placed first in a three-way race.

MacGregor received 3,098 votes, or 45 percent, of ballots cast. Robert Patrick Orthman of Roslindale, deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, finished second with 2,303 votes and Celia Segel of Jamaica Plain, associate director for Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, was third with 1,392 votes, according to the city’s website.

MacGregor will succeed Coppinger, who stepped down in February to pursue a career with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

The general election, representing a formality for Moran and MacGregor since there are no Republican challengers, will be held on May 30.


Material from State House News Service was used in this report.

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