State Rep Michelle DuBois Happy To No Longer Be Representing East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater

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Massachusetts state Representative Michelle DuBois likes her projected new state representative district better than her old one.

The reason for that:  the new district includes only portions of the city of Brockton. It will no longer include parts of the neighboring towns of East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater.

DeBois, a liberal Democrat from Brockton, represents the Tenth Plymouth District. During the redistricting that takes place every decade after the results of the U.S. Census, news broke that the Tenth Plymouth District will likely include just parts of Brockton moving forward.

DuBois was happy with the news.

“I made a campaign promise to work & get the seat I’m honored to hold (10 Ply) fully w/in Brockton,” Dubois tweeted. “I’m so pleased & thankful that the House Redistricting Chair & Committe agreed & we’re poised to deliver a 2nd urban, minority-majority voting district in Brockton! #CityofChampions”

As it currently exists, Dubois’s district includes Ward 4: Precincts B, C; Ward 5: Precincts B, C, D; and Ward 6 in Brockton, according to the Massachusetts legislature’s web site. Additionally, it includes the first precinct of East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater’s first and second precincts.

The final breakdown of the district as it will exist for the 2022 election won’t include East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, as DuBois explained last month. Instead, the Tenth Plymouth District will gain the following territory in Brockton: Ward 4 Precincts A and D; and Ward 5 Precinct 5.

Support for DuBois in Brockton is stronger than it is in other parts of the current district, even among Democrats.

DuBois faced a Democratic primary challenger from her right in 2020:  Ward 6 Brockton city councilor Jack Lally. Her opponent identified as a moderate Democrat. He said he supports the police and voted in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Lally beat Dubois in West Bridgewater, receiving 786 votes to her 620. Dubois won a tighter victory in East Bridgewater (299 votes to 240) than she did in Brockton (3,181 votes to 1,937). DuBois won the primary 58 percent to 41.9 percent.

When DuBois ran for re-election in 2018 against Republican John Cruz of West Bridgewater, Brockton was the only one of the three communities that she won. Cruz, who represented the district from 1991 to 1993, took East Bridgewater (885 votes to 625) and West Bridgewater (2,265 votes to 1,075) while DuBois dominated Brockton (6,283 votes to 3,011). The result? DuBois won re-election 56.4 percent to 43.6 percent.

Politically, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater are to the right of Brockton in federal elections, as well. Former President Donald Trump won both towns in 2020 but lost Brockton in a landslide. Trump narrowly won East Bridgewater 49.5 percent to 47.4 percent and West Bridgewater 48.7 percent to 47.7 percent; Trump lost Brockton to Joe Biden by a large margin — 75.7 percent to 22.3 percent.

DuBois could not be reached for comment on Sunday or Monday this week.


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