U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) won a third term representing the Sixth Congressional District in a landslide on Tuesday night.
Moulton, who will serve another two-year term, defeated his Republican challenger Joseph Schneider and Independent candidate Mary Jean Charbonneau. He held 66 percent of the vote when the race was called shortly before 11 p.m.
In Lynn, Moulton received 73.8 percent of the vote, while Schneider received 22.6 percent.
The Salem Democrat has said efforts to revitalize Lynn has been one of his priorities in the district, citing the establishment several years ago of the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team.
Moulton, through his press secretary, declined an interview but said in a statement he was grateful that the voters have given him the opportunity to serve in Washington for two more years.
“Now that the American people have spoken, it’s time for us to step up and lead,” Moulton said. “Here at home, that means continuing to invest in the economic development of our community, connecting workers to jobs with quick and reliable regional rail, and providing a model of what moral, progressive leadership looks like. Nationwide, it means working together to build an America where everyone has the chance to earn a good life: a country we can be proud of once again.
Moulton is a former U.S. Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq. He attended Harvard University.
He has emerged as a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump, but has claimed in past interviews he is not considering a presidential run in 2020.
Schneider also has a military background. The child refugee from Romania is a former U.S. Army Green Beret who attended West Point and Harvard University.
“Obviously I’m disappointed,” Schneider said, adding that he called Moulton to congratulate him on his victory. “I appreciate the opportunity democracy offers you to get your message to the people. I had that opportunity. It’s a great experience. I’m proud of the effort that I did.”
The race was Schneider’s first time running for political office. He didn’t rule out another run for office in the future, but said his immediate plans were to get a good night’s sleep, wake up and eat breakfast and go from there.