Voters head to the polls Sept. 8 for state primary

September 2, 2016
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Mission Hill voters will head to the polls Sept. 8 for the state primary election, which will feature several local contested races.

Democratic state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk District) is battling Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, to remain in her seat. The winner will not face a challenger in the general election.

There will also be a contested race for the Governor’s Council, which confirms judicial appointments, among other duties. Democrat Christopher Iannella, a Jamaica Plain resident and the incumbent, will face a familiar foe in Stephen Flynn for the District 4 seat. The winner will not face a challenger in the general election.

Democratic state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (15th Suffolk District) will not face an opponent in either the primary election or the general election in November.

Meanwhile, Alexander Rhalimi will try to unseat Democratic Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, while seven Democrats are battling to become the Suffolk County register of deeds: Douglas Bennett, Katherine Forde, Stephanie Everett, Michael Mackan, Stephen Murphy, Paul Nutting, and Jeffrey Michael Ross. The winners of the two races will not face a challenger in the general election.

On the federal level, Democrat U.S. Rep Mike Capuano (7th District) will not face a challenger in either the primary or general election.

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