Mattapoisett’s Straus Re-Elected in 10th Bristol District
Longtime Democrat State Rep. Bill Straus will remain on Beacon Hill after defeating Republican challenger Dr. Jeffrey Swift in Tuesday's election.
Straus, of Mattapoisett, has been the representative for the 10th Bristol District since 1993. He serves as the Chair of the Transportation Joint Committee.
Swift, a Mattapoisett chiropractor, defeated Fairhaven's Robert McConnell in the primary for the chance to take on Straus.
Straus will now get to continue working on key transportation projects such as the planned replacement of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge.
In other races, Democrat Pat Haddad was re-elected over Republican challenger Justin Thurber in the 5th Bristol District.
Democrat incumbent Paul Schmid held off a challenge from Republican Evan Gendreau for the second straight election.
In the 9th Bristol District, Democrat Rep. Chris Markey was re-elected. He had no opposition in the general election after defeating upstart Cameron Costa in the September primary.
Rep. Chris Hendricks faced no competition in the 11th Bristol District in either the general election or the primary.