On the other side of Peabody Square, Manning’s campaign headquarters on Main Street were quiet by 9:30 p.m., just a short time after results were known.
Manning was alone with her husband when a reporter approached for comment, but the candidate’s husband, Ted, intervened, hollering at the reporter, ordering him out of the building and following after him, yelling.
For Slattery, the loss was his third election defeat since serving as Peabody’s state representative from 1995 to 2002. He lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 2002 and for mayor of Peabody in 2005.
Slattery said he’s not sure if he will run for office again, but acknowledged that it would be difficult to put his family through another campaign. He and his wife have three children of college or high school age.
“It’s a lot to ask of your family,” he said.
In a short speech, Slattery thanked his campaign workers and his family and praised Lovely and Manning for “a race well-run.”
“I feel like we ran a very good campaign and had lots of support,” he said. “It just didn’t work out the way we hoped. I still think it’s good to be a progressive Democrat in Massachusetts. You’ve got to remember where you came from. If you’re a Democrat you’ve got to be fighting for working-class values.”
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.