Fattman, Soter claim victories in Worcester district races

Fattman, Soter claim victories in Worcester district races

BLACKSTONE – Voters in Massachusetts’ 8th Worcester and Worcester and Norfolk Districts elected two Republicans in Tuesday’s elections, returning Sen. Ryan Fattman to the state Senate and electing Michael Soter to his first term as a state representative.

Soter, who currently serves as chairman of the Bellingham Board of Selectman, announced on Facebook Wednesday morning his opponent, Democrat Patrick Malone, had called to concede the race for the 8th Worcester District, which includes the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge. While unofficial vote counts were still being tallied on Wednesday, preliminary results showed Soter ahead in the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone and Millville, while Malone retained a small lead in his hometown of Uxbridge. Soter thanked his supporters and said he hopes to unify the district moving forward.

“I personally want to thank Pat Malone for running a fabulous campaign,” he wrote. “In today’s political climate, I feel that Pat and I set an example on how campaigns should be run. I asked Pat to sit down next week so that we can discuss his ideas for the district so that I can bring two great agendas to Boston.”

In the Worcester and Norfolk District, which represents several towns stretching across southern Mass. and the Rhode Island border, Sen. Ryan Fattman defeated Democrat Thomas Merolli to win a third term. Fattman, a Sutton resident, announced the win via his campaign’s Facebook page Tuesday night, claiming a 63 percent win over his opponent.

“So far our vote total has exceeded every town and every precinct over 2014’s election, and looks like a 63-37 victory! I look forward to serving you for the next two years,” he said.

Merolli, a Mendon resident, conceded the race via social media on Wednesday, encouraging supporters to continue to fight for the issues that were central to his campaign, including school funding and environmental concerns.

While unofficial vote counts were still being tallied Wednesday, preliminary results showed Fattman with a lead in every community in the district except Southbridge.