People's Other Seat
Submitted By Todd on May 12th at 3:59am
Giving the state GOP another boost as November elections approach, state Representative Richard Ross, a Wrentham Republican, last night won the state Senate seat recently vacated by US Senator Scott Brown. Ross, 55, bested Needham physician Peter Smulowitz, a political newcomer who narrowly survived a bruising Democratic primary against state Representative Lida Harkins, a former House majority whip. According to unofficial results, Ross garnered 15,893 votes to Smulowitz’s 9,819, giving Ross about 62 percent of the votes. Ross won Needham, seen as a liberal stronghold in the 12-community district, by a vote of 2,717 to 2,495, according to unofficial results. Smulowitz won in the district’s precincts in Wayland, Wellesley, and Natick.