Watertown councilor advances in district race

By Megan McKee and Sarah Thomas
Globe Correspondents / April 13, 2011

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Town Councilor John Lawn of Watertown beat three challengers in yesterday’s Democratic primary for state representative for the 10th Middlesex District, which includes parts of Newton, Waltham, and Watertown.

The three other candidates were Newton Alderman Allan “Jay’’ Ciccone Jr., Iraqi war veteran Sean Durkee of Waltham, and Waltham City Councilor Gary Marchese.

The seat is vacant because Peter Koutoujian was appointed sheriff of Middlesex County.

According to unofficial results from the city and town clerks, Lawn received 876 votes while Marchese totaled 738, Ciccone, 460, and Durkee, 327.

Lawn won with a strong showing in both Watertown and Waltham. He received 412 votes in his hometown and 361 in Waltham, along with 103 in Newton. Meanwhile, Marchese dominated Waltham, where he has been a city councilor for 15 years, gaining 659 votes. But he received only 33 votes in Watertown and 46 in Newton.

Lawn will face Republican Jim Dixon, who had no primary opponents, in the May 10 special election.

In Needham, incumbent Michael Greis will return to the School Committee after he racked up a big win in yesterday’s election. Greis will be joined by newcomer Kim Marie Nicols.

In Needham’s only other contested election, incumbent Bruce Eisenhut won reelection to the Planning Board over opponent Frank Gallello.

The unofficial results for the two School Committee seats showed Greis with 1,874 votes and Nicols with 1,515, according to John Day, chairman of Needham’s Board of Registrars.

Megan McKee can be reached at and Sarah Thomas at