Nick Collins cruises to victory in state Senate special election

Nick Collins was endorsed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday in Dorchester.
Nick Collins was endorsed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday in Dorchester.

Democratic State Representative Nick Collins cruised to victory Tuesday night in a special election for the First Suffolk state Senate seat, which includes South Boston and Dorchester, according to unofficial results.

Collins garnered more than 86 percent of 4,713 votes cast in a three-way race to fill the unexpired term of Linda Dorcena Forry, who announced in January that she was stepping down from her state Senate post to take a job in the private sector.

Collins, who has represented South Boston in the Legislature since 2010, trounced his two independent opponents.


Donald Osgood Sr., copastor of GateWay Ministries in Dorchester, received more than 3 percent, and perennial candidate Althea Garrison, who represented the Fifth Suffolk District in the House from 1993 to 1995, received more than 8 percent of the vote, according to the city’s website.

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The First Suffolk District stretches from Mattapan north to the Seaport and includes South Boston and Dorchester. The special election drew 4.2 percent of the district’s 111,434 registered voters to the polls, according to the city’s website.

In a statement Tuesday night, Collins said the district “has a rich history,” adding that it was “an honor to be given the opportunity to help make it better for all.”

“If we all work together, we can improve our schools and public transit system, create more affordable housing, address the opioid epidemic, make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer and make sure that everyone has a chance to benefit from our city’s strong economy,” said Collins. Collins sailed through an uncontested Democratic primary on April 3. No Republican candidates were featured in the race.

Frank Phillips and Meghan E. Irons of Globe staff and Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.