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North Cambridge attorney Dave Rogers has won the seat left vacant after Will Brownsberger stepped aside last January to run for state Senate, besting two from Belmont, Margaret Hegarty and Bobby Reardon, in the Democratic primary on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Rogers took the 24th Middlesex House seat that represents Belmont and parts of Arlington and Cambridge, setting up a general election contest against Tommasina Anne Olson. He won by 202 votes, and his campaign said newly added precincts in Arlington helped his effort.

Rogers received 2,291 votes, or 43 percent of the vote. Hegarty received 2,089, and Reardon 914. reports the numbers here >>

Rogers tops preelection poll | How Cambridge voted (Cambridge Day) | All Arlington precinct results (town website)

In the only contested primary race affecting Arlington, the Democratic Town Committee sponsored a candidates' forum for state representative candidates. The race affects nearly one-quarter of the town’s residents living in the newly redrawn House district, the 24th Middlesex.

The public forum was held July 26 at the Senior Center Introducing themselves to voters and taking questions were Margaret Hegarty (, Bobby Reardon ( and Dave Rogers (

Sen. Ken Donnelly, who faced no opposition Sept. 6, won the primary for his seat and will face Republican Gerry Dombrowski in November.

The Arlington portion of the 24th Middlesex District in the House of Representatives has expanded because of redistricting that takes effect with the 2012 general election.

The district now includes Arlington Precincts 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12, all of which border Belmont along Route 2. It also covers all of Belmont and parts of North Cambridge.

Previously, the district covered only Arlington precincts 2 and 4. The 24th Middlesex was most recently represented by Will Brownsberger and has been vacant since his election to the Senate.

Facing no opposition in the 23rd Middlesex is Sean Garballey, who won the primary for his seat, and will face Republican Joseph Monju.

For 3rd District Governor's Council, Marilyn Devaney bested Harry Margolis with all 270 precincts reporting. She had received 17,570, Margolis 14,573 and Charles Shapiro 10,069.

For register of deeds, Maria Curtaton beat Maryann Heuston, 14,534 to 12,990, with all 385 precincts reporting. Arlington resident Frank Ciano had  7,872.

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