JPers head to the polls Sept. 8 for state primary

Jamaica Plain voters will head to the polls Sept. 8 for the state primary, which will feature several local contested races.

Democratic state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk District) is battling Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, to remain in her seat, while Democratic state Rep. Liz Malia (11th Suffolk District) will battle against Charles Clemons, who had a failed bid in the 2013 mayoral race. The winners will not face a challenger in the general election.

There will also be a contested race for the Governor’s Council, which confirms judicial appointments, among other duties. Democrat Christopher Iannella, a JP resident and the incumbent, will face a familiar foe in Stephen Flynn for the District 4 seat. The winner will not face a challenger in the general election.

Democrat Robert Jubinville, who currently holds the District 2 seat, is running unopposed, but will face Republican Brad Williams in the general election.

Democratic state Reps. Jeffrey Sanchez (15th Suffolk District) and Russell Holmes (6th Suffolk District) and Democratic state Sen. Michael Rush (Norfolk and Suffolk District) all will not face an opponent in either the primary election or the general election in November.

Meanwhile, Alexander Rhalimi will try to unseat Democratic Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, while seven Democrats are battling to become the Suffolk County register of deeds: Douglas Bennett, Katherine Forde, Stephanie Everett, Michael Mackan, Stephen Murphy, Paul Nutting, and Jeffrey Michael Ross.

On the federal level, Democrat U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District) is running unopposed in the primary. In the general election, Lynch will face Republican William Burke, who is also unopposed in the primary.

Democrat U.S. Rep Mike Capuano (7th District) will not face a challenger in either the primary or general election.


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