St. Fleur's old House seat won by Henriquez

Carlos Henriquez narrowly beat out Barry Lawton last week to secure the Democratic nomination for the Fifth Suffolk state representative's seat left vacant earlier this year by Marie St. Fleur. Henriquez had run twice before for Boston City Council. This was Lawton's third try at the House seat. He came in second to St. Fleur in the 1999 special election which made St. Fleur the state's first elected official of Haitian descent. St. Fleur endorsed Henriquez with a recorded phone message sent to voters the day before the Sept. 14 election. Much more on the Fifth Suffolk election can be read at our sister publication, the Dorchester Reporter.