First-time candidate Patricia Campatelli scored a victory in Thursday’s primary election, edging out fellow Democrat and Boston City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina’s bid for the open Suffolk County register of probate seat by 799 votes, according to unofficial election results posted by the City of Boston.
The outcome surprised some. LaMattina, a councilor since 2006, enjoyed broader name-recognition than Campatelli, who has been dogged by controversy in recent weeks as a series of profanity-filled rants appeared on Facebook on both her personal and campaign pages.
In an interview Tuesday, Campatelli denied making the posts and said that as many as 20 people had been given access to those pages. She apologized to anyone who had seen the messages and been offended.
With no Republican candidate for the office, November’s general election will be little more than a formality for Campatelli, currently the statewide program supervisor for the Office of Community Corrections.
Neither Campatelli nor LaMattina could be reached for comment after the results were in on Thursday.
In legislative races, only two state representatives from Boston faced opposition on Thursday, and both longtime office-holders easily retained their seats.
In the 7th Suffolk District, incumbent Democratic Representative Gloria Fox of Roxbury sailed into an easy victory over challengers Rufus Jackson Faulk and Jed Hresko. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Fox had nailed two-thirds of the vote, while Faulk claimed just under 23 percent and Hresko garnered less than 10 percent.
Fox, who has been in office since 1985, represents portions of Roxbury and Fenway.
In the 14th Suffolk district, longtime legislator Angelo Scaccia, a Readville Democrat, won nearly 77 percent of the vote and easily beat back challenger Anthony Solimine. Scaccia, who represents parts of Roslindale, Hyde Park, and Milton, has held his seat since 1981, and earlier served in the House from 1973 – 1978.
Neither Fox nor Scaccia will face a Republican opponent in November.