EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 6, 2012

Major leads District 14

By Dustin Luca dluca@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — All four Republicans running for House District 14 will head to Concord, with incumbent Rep. Norman Major leading the pack for a ninth term in office.

Major, a Plaistow resident and representative for 16 years, led the field with 4,493 votes. The three other Republicans in the race were: Debra DeSimone (4,198), William Friel (3,548) and Jack Hayes (3,494).

Two Democratic challengers lost the race: Kay Galloway (3,212) and Jean Sanders (2,899).

District 14 includes Atkinson and Plaistow.

For voters coming out of polling places in Atkinson and Plaistow, Major was a heavy favorite. He led in Plaistow by more than 700 votes to second-place finisher DeSimone, who took her hometown of Atkinson by nearly 400 votes.

Plaistow resident Tami Smith said she favored Major because of his visibility around town with local boards and historical events.

Rod MacDonald of Atkinson said he voted only for three candidates: Republicans Friel and Major, and Democrat Sanders. He didn’t choose a fourth candidate because he didn’t recognize the other Republicans on the ballot, and he was “not a fan of Galloway.”

Plaistow resident Michael Gatty said he supported Sanders as well after working with her in the Timberlane school district, where she was an occupational therapist.

“I felt like it was the right way to go,” he said.

State representative Rockingham District 14 (elect 4) Includes Atkinson, Plaistow Debra DeSimone (R): 4,198 William Firel (R): 3,548 Jack Hayes (R): 3,494 Norman Major (R): 4,493 Kay Galloway (D): 3,212 Jean Sanders (D): 2,899