BOSTON -- Tonight, Republican Patrick O'Connor secured victory in the special election for the Plymouth and Norfolk state senate district. O'Connor, the Weymouth Town Council President, will succeed former GOP Senator Bob Hedlund, who was elected Mayor of Weymouth last year.
"Patrick O'Connor's victory affirms that Massachusetts is looking for an efficient and accountable state government that delivers a better value for the taxpayers. I'm looking forward to working with Patrick to advance our shared agenda of lower taxes, expanded educational opportunity, and safe, thriving communities across the South Shore and Massachusetts." - Governor Charlie Baker
"Tonight, voters in the Plymouth and Norfolk district sent a clear message in favor of fiscal discipline and accountability on Beacon Hill. Patrick O'Connor's election to the state senate affirms that Governor Baker's message of lower taxes and a more efficient state government is resonating across Massachusetts. Senator-elect O'Connor will be a strong successor to carry on former Senator Hedlund's leadership, and we congratulate him on his victory." - MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes