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State primary election preview: Candidates, polling hours and locations

Three Lynn residents – Peter Capano, Hong Net, and Drew Russo – are vying to fill the state representative seat vacated by state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) earlier this year.

The three-way Democratic race for the 11th Essex District state representative seat will highlight the state primary for Lynn and Nahant voters on Tuesday.

Three Lynn residents — Peter Capano, Hong Net, and Drew Russo — are vying to fill the state representative seat vacated by state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) earlier this year. The district includes West Lynn and Nahant.

Capano, who serves as a Lynn City Councilor and president of the General Electric workers union IUE-CWA Local 201, has stated in an interview with The Item that his top priority is jobs.

Hong, who also is a Lynn City Councilor, told The Item his top priority is education, or improving schools in the district.

Russo, who serves as executive director of the Lynn Museum and vice-chairman of the Lynn Democratic Committee, told The Item his top priority is transportation.

All three candidates oppose Northeastern University’s proposed expansion of its marine research center at Nahant’s East Point. Capano and Russo think Northeastern should consider expanding into Lynn’s waterfront instead, but Hong isn’t ready to commit to that option yet.

There are no Republicans running for the 11th Essex seat.

Democratic Primary for Governor

Two Democrats are looking to take on Gov. Charlie Baker, a Swampscott Republican, in the Nov. 6 election.

Jay M. Gonzalez and Robert Massie will face off on Tuesday. Baker will face a challenge in the Republican primary from Scott Lively.

Gonzalez, the former state Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick, has characterized himself as someone who would fight for “the little guy,” which he said is something the governor has not demonstrated.

Massie, an Episcopal priest and founder of the Global Reporting Initiative, has said the state needs stronger and better leadership on Beacon Hill.

In a debate in Swampscott last month, both said they supported moving to a single-payer healthcare system, making college more affordable for residents, and investing in and improving public transportation.

Uncontested Primaries

State Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn) and state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) are running unopposed in the Democratic primary for 10th Essex District representative and 3rd Essex District senator.

The 10th Essex representative district includes Ward 1, Precincts 3 and 4; Ward 2; Ward 3, Precincts 1-3; Ward 4, Precincts 1 and 2; and Ward 5; Precincts 2 and 3.

The 3rd Essex Senate district consists of Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott.

State Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for 8th Essex District representative, which includes Marblehead, Swampscott and Ward 3, Precinct 4 and Ward 4, Precinct 4 in Lynn.

State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) is running unopposed in the Republican primary for the 9th Essex representative district, which consists of precincts 1, 2, 4-9 in Saugus; precincts 1, 2, 3, and 7 in Wakefield; and Ward 1 Precincts 1 and 2 in Lynn.

But Wong could face a challenge in the November election. Matthew Crescenzo, of Saugus, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Polling hours/Locations

To find out your polling location, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

LYNN

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Lynn.

Ward 1, Precinct 1 will vote at Shoemaker School. Ward 1, Precinct 2 will vote at Pondview Lodge. Ward 1, Precinct 3 and 4 will vote at Sisson School.

All of Ward 2 will vote at St. Pius Lower Church Hall. Ward 3 will vote at Marshall Middle School. Ward 4 will vote at Harrington Elementary School.

Ward 5 will vote at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Annex; Ward 6 will be at Lynn Tech Fieldhouse and Ward 7 will be at Breed Jr. High School.

SAUGUS

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Precinct 1 will vote at the American Legion Hall; Precinct 2 at Veterans School; Precinct 3 at Hammersmith Nursing Home; Precinct 4 at Belmonte Middle School; Precinct 5 at Lynnhurst School; Precinct 6 at Veterans School; Precinct 7 at Knights of Columbus; Precinct 8 at Belmonte Middle School; Precinct 9 at Oaklandvale School; and Precinct 10 at Italian American Club.

SWAMPSCOTT

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Precincts 1 and 2 will vote at the Swampscott Senior Center; Precincts 3 and 4 will vote at the First Church, Congregational and Precincts 5 and 6 will be at Swampscott Middle School.

 

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