Watertown councilor and Democrat John Lawn soundly beat his Republican opponent, Jim Dixon, in Tuesday's special election to fill the state representative seat left vacant when Peter Koutoujian was appointed Middlesex County sheriff earlier this year.
Lawn received 1,814 votes while Dixon got 868 votes for the House 10th Middlesex seat, according to unofficial results from the city and town clerks. The seat represents parts of Newton, Waltham, and Watertown.
This was Dixon's second attempt to become state rep. The commercial airline pilot and political newcomer ran against and lost to Koutoujian last November.
Lawn has been on Watertown's Town Council for five years and owns a small real estate firm in the town. He said he'll stay in real estate since the bulk of the work is done during evenings and weekends.
In Newton, Lawn received 374 votes to Dixon's 145. In Waltham, where Dixon lives, Lawn got 987 votes and Dixon received 624. And in Watertown, Lawn received 453 votes to Dixon's 99.
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