- Heated secretary of state primary ends with Galvin topping Zakim
- Bill Galvin Defeated Challenger Josh Zakim in a Feisty Democratic Primary Battle
- Best of Boston
Heated secretary of state primary ends with Galvin topping Zakim
Josh Zakim was just 10 years old when Bill Galvin was first elected as the secretary of state of Massachusetts. Now, the Boston city councilor is.can your
Secretary of State William Galvin fended off his fiercest challenge in more than two decades Tuesday, defeating Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in what had been an unusually heated primary battle for the relatively low-profile seat. With about 67 percent of precincts reporting, Galvin had received 60 percent of the vote, placing him on solid footing as he heads into the Nov. Galvin, 67, who was first elected to the post in , has said this is likely to be his last election. And he said he was most impressed Tuesday by the turnout of young voters. Zakim said in a statement that he was thankful for the opportunity to push his agenda, particularly on improving voter access, pointing out that the state passed automatic voter legislation after his campaign began. The contest began when Zakim, 34, announced his challenge in November, portraying his candidacy as an opportunity to bring a fresh, progressive attitude to what he characterized as a stale office. Zakim argued that the state could do more to improve voter turnout, and to safeguard the elections process.
Speaking over each other while proclaiming their respective progressive bona fides, Massachusetts elections chief Bill Galvin and challenger Josh Zakim scrapped in the first of two major debates. Zakim, a Boston city councilor, is facing Galvin in the Sept. Galvin said before there was a central voter registry, which he later built when he was elected secretary of state, a mail-in system couldn't exist. With "Greater Boston" host Jim Braude moderating, Galvin and Zakim also battled over the issue of same-day voter registration. Zakim called Galvin a "recent convert" to the policy, while Galvin said he has long backed putting same-day registration into state laws. Zakim said Galvin had just insulted everyone on the Boston City Council and city councils across the state. Galvin then criticized Zakim for not voting in the Democratic primaries in and
Bill Galvin Defeated Challenger Josh Zakim in a Feisty Democratic Primary Battle
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Best of Boston
Photo by Chitose Suzuki. Secretary of State William F. Galvin routed progressive challenger and newcomer Josh Zakim last night, earning a chance to extend his year hold on the office in November against Republican Anthony Amore. The election is the most important election in our country since the Civil War. I want to make sure we get it right. Galvin focused his campaign on his experience and record in the office and increasing voter registration. And while we came up short, the issues we ran on did not.
The politically astute yet sometimes enigmatic incumbent, William Galvin, is facing his first primary challenge in a dozen years. Three-term Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim is looking to send Galvin, who's held the job since , into retirement. The race pits two Democrats from different eras, and with very different campaign styles, against each other. The endorsement for Zakim prompted Galvin to step up his efforts to stay in office. He's hired a campaign communications adviser and has finally taken to social media. The year-old Zakim has been trying to make Galvin the issue, saying after 24 years in office, it's time for a change. Zakim said Galvin has stood in the way of election reforms, including same-day voter registration, a charge Galvin disputes.
Upset: Josh Zakim beats Bill Galvin for Dem nod
In what boils down to an election about elections, Secretary of State Bill Galvin and challenger Josh Zakim, a year-old Boston city councilor.
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