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State Senate election Tuesday

Brendan Crighton during his keynote speech at the graduation exercises at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — Two years after former City Councilor Daniel Cahill ran unopposed for a seat in the Legislature, state Rep. Brendan Crighton is about to do the same.

On Tuesday, Crighton will be the only name on the ballot as he seeks the Third Essex District seat in the state Senate. It  became vacant when former Sen. Thomas M. McGee was sworn in as mayor in January.

While Paul Crowley, CEO of Greater Lynn Senior Services, and former Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, a Republican, flirted with the idea of running, they failed to file signatures by deadline.

As a result, Crighton, a Lynn Democrat, is the only choice. Voters can still write in a name for the Third Essex District which includes Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott.

“I am very excited,” Crighton said. “We’ve run a very active campaign since Nov. 8 after Tom won. We have a busy schedule leading up until Tuesday and we will continue to meet voters and then get ready to do the job.”

The race to succeed Crighton in the 11th Essex District House seat, which includes West Lynn and Nahant, has three candidates, including Ward 6 City Councilor Peter Capano, Drew Russo, executive director of the Lynn Museum, and City Councilor-at-Large Hong Net.

Polls in Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Here are polling locations in each community:


1-1  Shoemaker School – Clearview Ave.

1-2  Pondview Lodge – 112 Kernwood Drive

1-3-4  Sisson School – 56 Conomo Ave.

2 All precincts St. Pius Lower Church Hall – 215 Maple St.

3 All precincts Marshall Middle School – 100 Brookline St.

4-1-2  KIPP Academy – 90 High Rock St.

4-3-4  Lynn Museum – 590 Washington St.

5-1-2-3  Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Annex – 90 Commercial St.

5-4  Community Hall – 10 Church St.

6  All precincts Lynn Tech Fieldhouse – 80 Neptune Blvd.

7  All precincts Breed Middle School – 90 O’Callaghan Way


Lynnfield High School – 275 Essex St.


Precinct 1  Old Town House – 1 Market Sq.

Precincts 2 and 3   Masonic Hall – 62 Pleasant St.

Precincts 4, 5 and 6  Marblehead Community Center – 10 Humphrey St.


Town Hall – 334 Nahant Road


Precinct 1  American Legion Hall – Taylor Street

Precinct 2  Veteran’s School – Hurd Avenue

Precinct 3  Hammersmith Nursing Home – Chestnut Street

Precinct 4  Belmonte Middle School – Dow Street

Precinct 5  Lynnhurst School – Elm Street

Precinct 6  Veteran’s School – Hurd Avenue

Precinct 7  Knights of Columbus – 1 Knights of Columbus Drive

Precinct 8  Belmonte Middle School – Dow Street

Precinct 9  Oaklandvale School – Main Street

Precinct 10  Italian American Club – 1 Beachview Ave.


Precincts 1 and 2 Council on Aging – 200 Rear Essex St. (high school)

Precincts 3 and 4  First Church – 40 Monument Ave.

Precincts 5 and 6  Swampscott Middle School library – 207 Forest Ave.

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