By Jill Harmacinski firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — Democrat Paul Iannuccillo of North Andover is the new Northern Essex Register of Deeds.
Iannucillo’s, a former state representative, easily fended off Andover challengers John “Jack” Wilson, Stephen Battle, and Brian Corrigan.
“I just want to thank the many people who gave me a second chance,” Iannuccillo said. “Twelve years later (after being defeated as state representative), I’m back and the voters were good enough to bring me back.
His closest challenger was Republican John “Jack” Wilson. Iannuccillo beat Wilson in two of the four communities the position serves - Methuen and North Andover. The votes in Methuen were Iannucillo with 10,450 votes and Wilson with 5,825. The votes in North Andover were 7,299 for Iannucillo and 4,587 for Wilson. Wilson beat Iannucillo in Andover by a vote of 6,932 to 5,885. Lawrence numbers were incomplete as of press time.
Wilson said he was proud of his campaign. His focus on mismanagement and corruption resonated with many.
“I really feel we struck a chord with voters,” he said. Wilson also said he planned to stay active in the local political arena. The Northern Essex Registry of Deeds is based in Lawrence. Iannuccillo beat current Register Robert Kelley in the Sept. 6 Democratic primary. The job pays $95,000 a year.