SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –Anthony Gulluni has come out the winner of the closely-watched four-way Democratic primary for Hampden County District Attorney. With 70% of precincts reporting, Gulluni had 46% of the vote, compared with 27% for Brett Vottero, 19% for Shawn Allyn and 9% for Hal Etkin.
Vottero and Allyn stopped by Gulluni’s victory party at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tuesday night to congratulate him on his victory.
“I’m just so happy to the voters first and foremost and to the people who helped me, my family and friends. It’s just an incredible feeling, very gratifying,” Gulluni said.
The race was one of the most high-profile local races, and candidates advertised extensively on television, sent out mailings, and campaigned throughout the county. The stakes were particularly high in this primary, as no Republican or independent candidates are on the ballot for November. Barring a win by a write-in candidate, we project Gulluni will win the office, replacing interim District Attorney James Orenstein.
Orenstein was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to replace Hampden County D.A. Mark Mastroianni, who was serving his first term in office. Mastroianni left after President Obama appointed him a federal judge.