The voter turnout in Burlington and in Billerica was appalling. Neither candidate connected well in those towns, and the “win” in them is at default level in my view. Sean Garballey won Arlington by a good thousand votes – but lost the election in Lexington where Rep. Jay Kaufman threw his influence and supporters towards Cindy Friedman. 7668 votes cast! Really, folks? In a District where State Committee Candidates can poll 28,000 votes [ I know because I once did so before I walked away from party politics to deal with deaths of those I love, ill health, and a general sense of disappointment with the duopoly parties and their ownership by elites]. This squeaker of a win is nothing to crow about, and no shame for Garballey, either, who ran a good campaign and raised almost as much money as the winner, despite her elite support. I will hope that Cindy Friedman will be a good senator, and grow in understanding and supporting certain issues that matter to me like access to justice, use of court fees to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and our prisons as debtor prisons for unpaid court fees – and in fact incarceration as a substitute for providing mental health treatment. Over 70% of the inmates in MCI Women’s prison have major mental health diagnoses [not the 25% claimed by Friedman at a debate]. Time will tell; it always does.