Livingstone Wins Democratic Primary in 8th Suffolk State Rep. Contest

Jay Livingstone

Jay Livingstone

Beacon Hill resident Jay Livingstone was victorious in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for the 8th Suffolk District state representative seat vacated by Marty Walz.

Livingstone, a 39-year-old attorney, defeated Josh Dawson, a 30-year-old Back Bay resident who previously served as executive director of State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s campaign committee, in the election for the 8th Suffolk District, which includes parts of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End and Fenway, as well as Cambridgeport and MIT in Cambridge.

According to the city’s unofficial election results, Livingstone clinched approximately 68 percent of 1,633 total votes cast in Boston precincts while Dawson trailed with roughly 32 percent. The Boston Globe reported an unofficial tally of 1,786 votes district-wide for Livingstone, compared to 791 for Dawson.

Walz served as 8th Suffolk District state representative from 2005 until February of this year, when she left the seat to assume the role of president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

While no Republicans appeared on the primary ballot, the Globe has reported that Victor Navarro of Cambridge intends to launch a write-in campaign for GOP nominee.

The general election is scheduled for June 25.

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