Friedman election would restore women in senate to high water mark Arlington Advocate

Arlington Democrat Cindy Friedman’s win in a primary Tuesday paves the way for the state Senate to tie its all-time high number of women members, reached four years ago after another special election.

Friedman, who served as chief of staff to the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, D-Arlington, earned just over 51 percent of the vote in the special election held to replace her former boss. With no Republican or Libertarian candidates on the ballot, Friedman is on a path to victory in the July 25 general election.

She would be the first woman to be newly elected to the Senate since Sen. Barbara L’Italien in 2015, and the 41st female state senator in state history.

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