Schetzsle accused Parisella of a possible conflict of interest for accepting campaign donations from a developer, and he sent out a campaign mailing saying Parisella would treat the state representative's job as a "$62,000 part-time gig."
Parisella criticized Schetzsle for saying he was on leave from Gillette when in fact he had resigned due to a company policy that prohibits employees from running for office.
More than an hour after the polls closed, Schetzsle stood holding his daughter in his campaign headquarters as about 20 supporters looked over the results and Beverly Republican City Chairman Andrew Channell highlighted Republican gains.
"We're proud of the campaign we ran," Schetzsle said. "We stuck to the issues. We gave people here a credible alternative for the first time in a very long time."
Schetzsle said he got more votes than Kerry Healey did in her first run for state representative in Beverly. Healey went on to become lieutenant governor and a candidate for governor.
Asked about his future in politics, Schetzsle said, "I'm not going anywhere. This is home for us."
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.