After Katherine Clark on Tuesday, won the seat Ed Markey long held, becoming the fifth woman to represent the state in the U.S. House, where women hold 18 percent of the 435 seats, she was sworn in Thursday, Dec. 12, and then voted in favor of the federal budget plan.
The win was decisive, and the turnout low. Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, received 40,172 votes, or 66 percent. Frank J. Addivinola Jr., a Republican, had 19,319 votes, or 32 percent, in the race for the Fifth District.
In Arlington, where the turnout was 19 percent, the vote for Clark was 4,297 (77 percent). Addinivola received 1,131 (20 percent).
The town reported the unofficial results here >>
Turnout was a 13 percent, which appeared to set a record for U.S. House races. The previous low was the October 2001 special election that Stephen F. Lynch won with a 17 percent turnout, The Boston Globe reported Dec. 11.
James V. Aulenti, Independent of Wellesley, and James O. Hall, Justice Peace Security of Arlington, each received vote totals in low single digits.
Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Katherine Clark was sworn in as the newest member of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
In her remarks from the floor of the house, Clark echoed her commitment to stand with the middle class families of the district. "The Massachusetts Fifth, from Revere to Cambridge, Waltham to Framingham, is home to some of this country’s and the world’s most respected universities and innovative companies. We are deeply proud of these incredible institutions. But what defines the Fifth District is its families, Clark said in a news release.
Congresswoman Clark went on to say, “As I talked with families around their kitchen tables, I found they are just like mine, and I’m sure, just like yours. We are teachers, small business owners, CEOs and machinists. We work in stockrooms and board rooms. We are recent immigrants and descendants from early American settlers. We are of all political ideologies, and yes, deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation, we even have a few Yankees fans.”
As is the custom in the Capitol, newly sworn in Rep. Clark was introduced to the House by the dean of the Massachusetts Delegation Congressman Richard Neal. Sen. Ed Markey, whose former seat she now occupies, also joined her in the chamber.
"Senator Markey, you set a standard of excellence during your time in the House," Clark said in the release. "I look forward to carrying on your work for the people of our district and partnering with you and the entire Massachusetts delegation to move Massachusetts and our country forward.”
Congresswoman Clark will now serve out the remainder of the term through 2014. She officially resigned her state Senate effective Dec. 12. She lives in Melrose with her husband Rodney Dowell and their three children Addison, Jared and Nathaniel. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell Law and Harvard University.
Town-by-town results at Boston.com >>
Only Clark campaigned actively in Arlington, with a Mass. Ave. office through the Oct. 10 primary and, most recently, an appearance Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Arlington Diner.
Clark and Addinivola held one debate, and Friday, Dec. 6. Among media covering the events is this report from The Boston Globe.
In the primary, Arlington voters cast more votes for Democrats compared to every city or town in the congressional district. Here are the numbers for Democrats’ votes for the top 10 municipalities Oct. 10:
Arlington, 7,301; Waltham, 5,622; Belmont, 5,462; Cambridge, 5,347; Medford, 5,240; Watertown, 4,772; Framingham, 4,417; Lexington, 4,153; Melrose, 3,849; and Malden, 3,701.
CommonWealth magazine has published profiles of the Democratic and Republican candidates:
Attorney Frank Addivinola
State Sen. Katherine Clark
Town election information >>
This story was published Thursday, Oct. 17, and updated Dec. 13.