Ron Paul endorsed candidate Leah Cole beats establishment candidate in a primary and now needs our help!Submitted by sawx75 on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 14:23
PEABODY — Novice candidate Leah Cole shocked her establishment opponent Greg Bunn last night, taking the Republican primary for state representative by 52 votes.
Cole will go on to battle school board veteran Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne, a Democrat, and unenrolled City Councilor David Gravel in the April 2 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Joyce Spiliotis in November.
That was the good news for Cole. Less encouraging was a Republican turnout that failed to reach 1,000 voters (out of roughly 2,500 registered Republicans and vastly more eligible unenrolled voters).
Fewer Democrats voted, but even though she was unopposed, Griffin Dunne managed to garner more votes, 606, than either Bunn (460) or Cole (512).
City Clerk Tim Spanos set the overall turnout at a dismal 6 percent.
Cole’s campaign manager, Ryan Chamberland, made the victory announcement to a cheering group squeezed into Champions Pub on Foster Street. “I would like to officially introduce you to the Republican nominated for the 12th Essex District — Leah Cole!”
“I couldn’t have done it without you guys,” said Cole, whose small stature had her almost lost for a moment in the crush of winter coats. “We went out to the grass roots.” She credited hard work and door-to-door campaigning for her success, as well as a promise to fight tax increases.
“And a lot of people were very excited to see someone young running for office,” said Cole, who is 24.
Many of you will remember the delegate fiasco that happened here in Massachusetts as well as many other states. It was a unified effort by the establishment to push us down, nullify the will of the voters, and to make us want to leave the party. Sorry guys, but we are still around, and we are now helping to reshape the party. Leah Cole has been endorsed by Dr. Paul, and is a great candidate. Please help out by visiting her website.