By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
City Council President Daniel Cahill, running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to succeed former State Representative Robert Fennell, got 369 votes out of 380 votes Tuesday, April 12 and has essentially cleared his path to become Lynn’s newest State Representative.
Cahill, who at one time thought he would have a challenger in the primary was grateful for the votes he received on Tuesday.
“I am always humbled by the support I receive,” said Cahill. “To get that kind of support, 400 people, when my name was the only name on the ballot, I was very excited.”
The voter turnout for the special election was exceedingly low, even with only one candidate on the ballot, representing less than 2-percent of the city’s 22,074 registered voters.
Still, of the votes cast, 97-percent were for Cahill, with just 11 write-in ballots.
Cahill will next appear on the Special General Election ballot on Tuesday, May 10, where he will also be unopposed, as no Republican candidates ran for the open seat.
Cahill thanked his campaign team, which he noted has worked very hard over the last few weeks, despite the fact he was unopposed in the election and Cahill said he and the team will continue to use the campaign trail as a way to raise awareness about important topics like local unemployment, the opioid epidemic, and access to a quality, affordable education.
Voters have until April 20 to register to vote in the May 10 special election.