By Ellen Ishkanian, Globe Correspondent
Democrat Jeffrey N. Roy defeated Republican Richard A. Eustis to win the open seat representing Franklin and parts of Medway that had been held for the past 18 years by State Rep. James Vallee, a Franklin Democrat..
Roy, 51, an attorney and member of the Franklin Town Council lost to Eustis in Medway, where Eustis lives, but won his hometown by a big enough margin to carry him to victory.
The Medway results were announced about 45 minutes before Franklin’s, and Eustis knew as soon as he saw that he had won there by just 1,044 votes that the night may not go his way.
“It’s not enough to make me feel comfortable,” he said, adding that nonetheless he was satisfied with the campaign.
“We left nothing in the tank at the end, so I trust God’s plan either way,” he said.
Roy won in Franklin by 2,919 votes, receiving 9,751 votes to Eustis’ 6,832, giving him a 1,874 vote margin of victory.
At the Franklin Lodge of Elks on Pond Street, an exhausted Roy and a roomful of supporters were savoring a victory he said he “poured my heart and soul into.”
“I’m looking forward to getting started on day one and working on jobs, the economy and education,” Roy said, echoing the major themes of his campaign platform.
During the campaign, Roy, a former member of the Franklin School Committee with 14 years experience in local government, said that he will explore lowering the sales tax back to 5 percent from the current 6 1/4 percent.
Roy also said he wants to continue work started in the last term to spur job growth and ease regulations on small businesses and he vowed to be a champion of education, fighting for education funding and being an advocate for all of the state’s public schools.