Peake Beats Back Primary Challenge

By: Tim Wood

Voters check in with Harwich Town Clerk Emily Mitchell during Tuesday's state primary. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

Fourth Barnstable District State Representative Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, defeated challenger Jack Stanton in Tuesday's state primary election and will run unopposed for the Fourth Barnstable District in November.

In statewide races, Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic nomination to run for governor in September. She will face Geoff Diehl, who defeated Chris Doughty for the Republican nomination for governor.

According to preliminary results, Peake defeated Stanton 1,009 to 107 in Chatham. In Harwich, the incumbent state representative won 2,024 votes to Stanton's 328, while in Orleans Peake beat Stanton 1,300 to 94.

“I am incredibly grateful to the people of the Fourth Barnstable District for this resounding win,” Peake said in a statement. “I’m excited to know I can continue to work hard on their behalf.” The Provincetown Democrat is currently in her seventh term in office. She is currently second assistant majority leader and serves on the influential House and Joint rules committees, the committee on human resources and employee engagement, and a special joint committee on redistricting.

Healey won over Sonia Rosa Chang-Diaz 2,154 to 208 in Harwich. In Chatham, Healey had 1,034 votes to Chang-Diaz's 99, and in Orleans she earned 1,277 votes to Chang-Diaz’s 103. In Brewster, Healy won by 1,878 to 173

Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Kimberley Driscoll polled 476 votes in Chatham, with Eric Lesser receiving 382 votes and Tami Gouveia receiving 184. In Harwich, Driscoll won 1,079 over Lesser with 727 and Gouveia with 416. Driscoll had 576 votes in Orleans to Lesser's 455 and Gouviea's 225 votes. In Brewster, Driscoll had 880 votes to 655 for Lesser and 405 for Gouveia. Driscoll captured the nomination statewide.

Cape and Islands Senator Julian Cyr, Ninth District Rep. Bill Keating and Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Bergstrom all ran unopposed.

Jesse Brown appeared poised to capture the Republican nomination to challenge Keating in November. In Chatham, Brown won 287 votes over Dan Sullivan's 282; Brown also won in Harwich, 582 to 567 and narrowly in Brewster 411 to 401. Brown narrowly edged out Sullivan 303-277 in Orleans.

Christopher Lauzon won the Republican primary and will run against Cyr for the Cape and Islands Senate seat in November. Daniel Higgins carried the Republican vote for Cape and Islands District Attorney and will face Democrat Robert Galibois, who was unopposed, in the general election.

While Diehl, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, beat Doughty statewide, he didn't fare as well locally. Doughty beat Diehl in Harwich 643 to 599; he also won in Chatham 387 to 247 and won Brewster 467 to 448. Diehl carried Orleans 347-279.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Kate Campanale, who ran with Doughty, won in Chatham 352 over Leah Allen's 231. Allen won in Harwich 585 to 549 for Campanale. Allen topped Campanale in Orleans 343-249, while Campanale captured Brewster 442 to 397. Allen was winning the statewide vote as of Wednesday morning.

In the Democratic primary for attorney general, Andrea Joy Campbell carried all four towns, as did incumbent Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

First Barnstable District incumbent Tim Whelan is running for Barnstable County Sheriff, and the candidates running to replace him – Republican Tracy Post and Democrat Richard Flanagan – were unopposed in the primary.

Turnout in Chatham was 28.9 percent, with 1,795 voters casting ballots. Turnout in Orleans was 36 percent, and 35 percent in Brewster. Turnout figures for Harwich were not immediately available Wednesday.

Reporter Ryan Bray contributed to this story.