Miceli Makes a Clean Sweep
James Miceli wins nearly two to one in state representative race.
Jim Miceli will be back on Beacon Hill as the state representative for the 19th Middlesex District for another two years after defeating his opponent, Republican Mario Marchese, in a clean sweep of about 2 to 1.
"Some victories are sweeter than others, and let me tell you this was the sweetest," said Miceli celebrating at Rocco's Restaurant in Wilmington. "This guy ran the dirtiest campaign I've seen in 33 years."
In Tewksbury, Miceli beat Marchese 5,034 to 3,010. Only Precinct 1 vote total was fewer than 200 votes between the two candidates.
There was no love lost between the two candidates who partook in a bit of mudslinging at a debate last month at Wynn Middle School. At one point, the long-time statesman called his opponent a liar and questioned his attendance record at the Wilmington Conservation Commission. Marchese retaliated by flinging his own handful of mud, questioning Miceli's leadership abilities and accused him of being a party puppet.
"In all honesty, he was the least qualified of all my opponents," said Miceli.
Despite his loss, Marchese remains firm that his races for the House are not over.
"This is not the last run for me," said Marchese. "You will see me back out there again."
Miceli, 75, has been serving in the State House for the last 33 years and with this win, has been elected to the seat 17 times. This lengthy experience on Beacon Hill is just part of what his supporters said help keep his constituents voting for him.
"He knows where to go to get things," said former Tewksbury Town Moderator Jim Coakley. "I'm not just talking about the state, but local charities as well. When a little boy needed a wheelchair and lift to get into his house, Miceli knew who to call."
Toting his accomplishments over the years, Micheli's supporters listed a number of beneficial projects the statesman helped put together, some of which are: helping to keep the Tewksbury Hospital open; obtaining thousands in funds to build the Tewksbury Senior Center and financing the redevelopment of the Livingston Street area; as well as the authorization to sell the old police station land at 918 Main St.
He is also in favor of casino gambling within the state and has helped push through hundreds of thousands in business loans for companies in his district.
Some of the projects Miceli hopes to see through in this new term are a reinstatement of capital punishment, building a temporary bridge at Brown Street in Billerica, and helping those being laid off obtain new job skills.
"I'll continue to serve you all efficiently and with integrity," said Miceli in his victory speech.