Kara Fratto is running for State Representative in the 30th Middlesex district against freshman Democrat Jim Dwyer. According to his 2008 year end reports with OCPF Dwyer had $810.93 cash on hand and $5,076.50 in liabilities following his election a year ago.
Kara Fratto is a lifetime resident of the district and serves as an elected member of Reading Town Meeting & Economic Development Committee. She works as an attorney in Woburn and is a former intern for Republican State Senator Richard Tisei. More information can be found on her campaign website KaraFratto.com or her facebook page.
Jim Dwyer is one of the more conservative leaning Democrats on Beacon Hill. In 2008, his race received some media attention. Dwyer, who supports the traditional marriage amendment, defeated incumbent Democrat Patrick Natalie, who voted against it. Dwyer, a Woburn city councilor, won easily by a 60% to 40% margin in the Democrat primary. Kara Fratto also supports the traditional marriage amendment.
There was no Republican candidate in 2008 or 2006. In 2004, when the seat was open, Democrat Patrick Natale defeated Unenrolled Paul Meaney by a 62% to 38% margin.
The 30th Middlesex is a good district for a Republican. It consists of wards 2-6 in the city of Woburn precincts 2,3 and 5 in Reading and precinct 3 in Stoneham.
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Woburn: 54% to 45%
Reading: 56% to 43%
Stoneham: 55% to 44%
Woburn: 6,018 + 1,358 vs 6,611 + 283 14270
42.2% + 9.5% vs 46.3% + 2.0%
Reading: 4,270 + 587 vs 4,881 + 170 9908
43.1% + 5.9% vs 49.3% + 1.7%
Stoneham: 3,736 + 781 vs 4,387 + 152 9056
41.3% + 8.6% vs 48.4% + 1.7%
I do not have precinct level data for the 30th Middlesex. All 3 towns are broken and have similar voting results. As such I did provide weighted town estimates for the district.
In 2008, McCain lost by 26% statewide, but only 9% to 13% in each of these three towns. In 2006, Kerry Healey lost by 21% statewide, only 4% to 7% in each of these 3 towns. If the Mihos and Ross numbers are included, “conservative” leaning candidates were virtually tied with the “liberal” candidates in the district.
I have recently started profiling some Republican candidates running for State Representative and State Senate here in Massachusetts.
Paul Avella State Representative, 2nd Middlesex.
Shaunna O’Connell State Representative, 3rd Bristol.
Kevin Kuros State Representative, 8th Worcester.
Geoff Diehl State Representative, 7th Plymouth.
Patrick Foran State Representative, 1st Barnstable
Ryan Fattman State Representative, 18th Worcester
Brett Schetzsle State Representative, 6th Essex
David Pottier State Senate, 1st Plymouth and Bristol