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Election

November 3, 2010

Spiliotis triumphs, opponent unbowed

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Throughout the campaign, Scafidi has railed against high taxes, the state budget deficit and bloated public employee pensions.

"I just hope some of these things (raised in the campaign) will be addressed," Scafidi said. "We made (Spiliotis) work harder this time (to win re-election) and I hope that will make her make some changes. I hope she will become more of the independent voice she says she is."

Scafidi's message seemed to resonate with Tony Vidinha, 46, who volunteered to hold a Scafidi sign outside the Walsh Avenue polling place yeserday afternoon.

"We need some change in Massachusetts, with the way things are," he said. "I think we need an experienced guy to do the job right. I'm getting sick and tired of the Democrats."

Mary Collins, however, was glowing when she came out of the polling booth yesterday afternoon after casting her vote for Spiliotis.

"I think she's wonderful," she said, adding that she considers Spiliotis a "longtime friend." Collins said she doesn't follow politics closely, but knows Spiliotis and trusts her character.

Scafidi, just an hour after losing the race, made strong hints that he'll be back to challenge Spiliotis again in 2012.

"I'm going to take some time and consider it," he said. "My supporters felt like we made a good showing and they're encouraging me to run again. If they'll be willing to support me, I'll be willing to try again."

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