By Yadira Betances email@example.com
---- — LAWRENCE – Marcos Devers will remain as state representative for the 16th Essex District for two more years after beating independent candidate Jose Santiago last night.
”I’m extremely happy,” said Devers, when he arrived at City Hall with a contingent of supporters. “I absolutely had no doubt that I’d win because I have 20 years of experience in politics.”
The 16th District was expanded in the last redistricting effort to include parts of South Lawrence. Devers won in the state’s Democratic primary by an overwhelming 83 percent over Chally Ramos to advance to the general elections against Jose Santiago, who is a former Lawrence state representative and former Methuen police sergeant.
”I wish him luck,” Santiago said. “We gave it our all, worked hard and worked to win, but were not successful.”
Santiago had disappeared from politics, after losing his state representative seat 10 years ago to now-Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua. Santiago said he has no immediate plans to run again.
“Nothing is impossible. We’re going to continue working together for a better and safe community,” he said.
Devers received $3,668.47 in donations for this year’s campaign and spent $2,132.88 in printing and mailing materials, campaign signs, his website, newspaper advertising, supplies and food for events.
As in the past, Devers loaned himself money to run his campaign.
”I see it as an investment because it will give an opportunity to help people,” Devers said.
Santiago did not file a report with the Office of Campaign and Political Finances, but said he will turn it in by tomorrow.
Lawrence election results were delayed last night.