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The field of five candidates vying for the state Senate seat, vacated this spring by Eileen Donoghue, narrowed to just one after the Sept. 4 state primary election last night.
Edward J. Kennedy was the winner overall for the First Middlesex District seat with 2,938 votes in Lowell as compared to Rodney Elliott with 2,874 votes. John Drinkwater got 2,331 votes, Bill Martin, 1,481, and Terry Ryan of Westford came in with 550 votes. Ryan was the only candidate who is not a Lowell resident.
In Westford, former School Committee Chairman Terry Ryan won with 1,552 votes followed by John Drinkwater with 558 votes and Kennedy’s 549. William F. Martin Jr. got 274 votes and Rodney Elliott trailed with 119 votes.
The first Middlesex District covers Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Lowell. Donoghue left the post to become city manager of Lowell.
Kennedy was elected to the Lowell City Council in 2011 and served as mayor of the council from January 2016 to December 2017. He had previously served four terms from 1978 to 1985.
In a forum discussion on WestfordCAT in August, Kennedy said his interests range from education, to economic development, to the environment.