During a morning visit to Chelsea to celebrate the arrival of a new, $470,000 fire truck for the Chelsea Fire Department earlier this week, Senator Sal DiDomenico said he was working hard to get himself re-elected.
“I am taking nothing for granted. We are working hard throughout the district – and especially in Cambridge,” he said with some satisfaction.
Cambridge is the hometown of his rival, Attorney Tim Flaherty.
Earlier this week, Flaherty came up with the endorsement of former Senator Jarrett Barrios, a coup by the estimates of some observers.
“I’m honored to have his endorsement,” Flaherty said following its announcement.
Flaherty’s stock went up a bit with the re-emergence of Barrios as a factor in the race.
Barrios held great sway in Everett during his tenure in the state senate.
Both candidates are working hard to make a difference in the hometown of the other.
DiDomenico has lately spread his political signs throughout the Cambridge portion of the district – an impressive show of force far away from the Everett home base.
Flaherty has continued his constant visitations to Charlestown, Chelsea, Revere in addition to campaigning in Everett.
Both candidates need to erode the other’s strength in their home bases in order to win.
DiDomenico must score a larger Cambridge vote than he did last time around if he hopes to retain his seat.
Flaherty must do the same in Everett, where DiDomenico buried him.
However, the votes scattered around the district are such that in this go around coming up, if Flaherty scores well in Cambridge than he may have the advantage over DiDomenico.
That vote alone, if it comes out, again, will likely give Flaherty a number of votes difficult to overcome even if Everett comes through again for DiDomenico.
So Cambridge is the key.
Everett is the key – but Cambridge more so than Everett this time around.