Linda Dorcena Forry won the Democratic primary for the open Massachusetts state Senate seat. She is the first Haitian-American to win a Massachusetts state primary, and will be running for a seat traditionally held by Irish-American men.
“I’m so grateful to the many, many members of the community, the folks who came out and supported the campaign working in every community, in South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park,” Forry said, after her victory. “I look forward to working hard to win the support of the people who might not have been with me before. I’m going to work hard to get them on my side, asking for their support and their vote.”
Forry won by a margin of 378 votes after incorrect ballots were sent to polls in South Boston. These ballots did not list the candidates for the state Senate primary. According to the Boston Election Commission, the problem was corrected by 7:30am. However there was concern that the error would prompt a challenge from Forry’s rival opponent, Nick Collins.
Both Forry and Collins were state representatives prior to the primary. Forry represented the 12th Suffolk District and Collins represented the 1st Suffolk district.