It was an emotional state senate win for Barry Finegold as this election marked the first election that his older sister, Joni Finegold, could not congratulate him. A former U.S. Foreign Service officer, Joni Finegold, 42, died July 26 of non-smoking related lung cancer.

“I know she’s looking down from somewhere,” he said. “She would always call me after an election and say ‘good job, bro’ or something like that...It’s just very emotional for me tonight.”

The 10,062 votes he received from his hometown helped him earn a victory over Paul Adams (R-Andover), who had represented Andover as state representative of the old 17th Essex District. Adams district was significantly redistricted and he decided to run for senate.

Finegold thanked his supporters for their hard work at his victory celebration at Palmers Restaurant on Elm Street.

“I am humbled and honored by this,” he said. “It was an exciting day for all of us.”

His focus when he starts his new term will be the issues of education and jobs, he said.

“I will work to create more jobs and will keep fighting to increase Chapter 70 (education) funds from the state,” Finegold said.

The new I-93 interchange is another priority issue.

“It’s a priority because it means jobs,” he said.

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