Koutoujian cruising to re-election as sheriff

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By Kori Tuitt, [email protected]

LOWELL — It looks like voters are sticking with the Middlesex County sheriff incumbent in Thursday’s primary election.

The results were not complete, but MassLive.com has a red check next to Peter Koutoujian’s name, indicating him as the projected winner.

His opponent, Barry Kelleher, of Wilmington, worked in the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years.

As of 10:45 p.m., Koutoujian received 32,138 votes, while Kelleher received 9,797 votes.

“We had a great day today speaking to voters at the polls about our public-safety vision for Middlesex County,” Koutoujian said in a prepared statement before the primary results were in Thursday. “While the results are still unofficial, I’m incredibly proud of my record as sheriff and the volunteers who helped me to educate that record with voters today.”

In January 2011, former Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Koutoujian as Middlesex County sheriff following the resignation of the late James DiPaola, He was elected sheriff in November 2012 to finish DiPaola’s unexpired six-year term.

“We have made great strides in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in the last five years that I’ve been Sheriff and I’m looking forward to building on the incredible foundation we’ve established,” Koutoujian said in a statement.


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