Lenny Mirra Survives Re-Election Bid

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State Representative Lenny Mirra (R-West Newbury) won a rematch on Tuesday night.

Mirra, who represents the Second Essex District, ran a tight race against Democrat Christina Eckert of Boxford in 2018 and pulled out a victory against her this time around as well. Mirra earned 14,849 votes to Eckert’s 14,062. It’s an improved performance for him over his 2018 run when he edged out his opponent, receiving 50.7 percent of the vote to her 49.3 percent, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s elections division.

Mirra put out a statement via Twitter following his win.

“Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in me for another term,” he wrote, “To @EckertforRep, congratulations on a hard fought race. Your work in our community has not gone unnoticed. The fight for our communities begins tomorrow. I’m ready to get to work.”

Eckert also put out a statement conceding in the race, and wishing her opponent well.

“It’s all about the people When I entered the race for State Representative in the 2nd Essex district, it was because of the people I’ve met in each town, the folks who care about our environment, our schools, our basic fundamental rights.

“Although the outcome of this election is not what we hoped for, I am grateful. I’m grateful that so many people turned out to vote. I’m grateful for the people I’ve met along the way, and I’m grateful to the many people who have volunteered their precious time on my campaign. While I may not be your State Representative, I will always treasure your friendship.

“Moving forward, there is a lot of work to do, but we can recover from this pandemic, we can strengthen our schools, and we can preserve our precious environment. I wish great success for Rep. Mirra as he tackles these issues, and I wish the best for our district and our Commonwealth.

A  Republican who supports legal abortion, Mirra has received high marks for fiscal responsibility. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance gives him an 80 percent rating on fiscal issues.

Mirra has served in the state legislature since 2013. 

Eckert, a Democrat, is the former PTO president in Boxford. She supports the ROE Act, according to NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.