Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Democrat Pam Richardson is poised to claim the 6th Middlesex House district seat in Framingham left vacant by the death of incumbent Deborah Blumer.
With nine of 11 precincts reporting early today, Richardson had what appeared to be an insurmountable lead of about 1,000 write-in votes over Republican Nick Sanchez.
Richardson and Sanchez were endorsed by their respective parties. Four other candidates also ran write-in campaigns.
Independent Dawn Harkness came in third, while anti-illegal immigration activist Jim Rizoli was fourth.
Blumer, who had been running unopposed for reelection, died last month of a heart attack while driving her car, setting off the brief six-way race.
-- John C. Drake