ANDOVER — The bid by one-term State Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, to move up to the State Senate failed.
Adams, 31, attempted to unseat Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, instead of seeking re-election to the 17th Essex House district. Adams was elected as state representative in 2010.
Finegold, 41, who was elected to the 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senate district in 2010 after serving as state representative for 13 years, celebrated his victory last night at Palmers Restaurant and Tavern on Elm Street in Andover.
He won all precincts in Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. Votes were still being tabulated in Lawrence late last night.
“We are very humbled by the outpouring of support,” Finegold said. “We are going take this mandate back to the state Senate and continue to work on important issues like education, jobs, housing, and just being responsive to the constituents in the district.”
Richard Soo Hoo, of Andover, supported Finegold by holding a sign outside of Andover High School for several hours after work.
”He is seasoned as a politician and is able to bring back state funds to fund our programs here in Andover,” Soo Hoo said. “He is a good guy, hardworking and he brings home some of the bacon here to Andover.”
Andover resident Jeff Twohig supported Adams at the polls.
”He is a great guy, I find him to be really decent and authentic,” Twohig said. “I think he is trying to be a real public servant unlike a lot of the people running for office these days.”
Adams beat Andover Selectman Alex Vispoli by 91 votes during the primary election in September.
Adams could not be reached for comment last night.