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Community Preservation Act Approved, Murphy Elected Suffolk County Register of Deeds

Former City Councilor Stephen Murphy was seemingly reelected to a public office — this time as the Suffolk County Register of Deeds — as he maintained an approximately 50,000-vote lead as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Murphy was easily outdistancing independent candidates Margherita Ciampa-Coyne, John Keith and Joe Donnelly Jr.

Bostonians also looked to have adopted the Community Preservation Act, voting in support of ballot Question 5. Approving the Community Preservation Act would establish a dedicated community fund for affordable housing, create and rehabilitate parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, preserve land for recreational and conservation areas and preserve historic buildings.

The Associated Press was also predicting that Massachusetts had approved ballot Question 3, which would “prohibit any confinement of pigs, calves, and hens that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.”

It appeared that ballot Question 2, which would have expanded charter schools in Massachusetts, was defeated.

Incumbent State Rep. Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk District) looked to have easily won her race against independent challenger Stephen Bedell.

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-2nd Suffolk), State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-15th Suffolk District) and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins were all running unopposed.

Congressmen Stephen Lynch, D-8th, maintained a big lead against Republican challenger William Burke. Mike Capuano, D-7th, was unopposed.

Incumbent Democratic Governor’s Councilor Chris Iannella Jr. of Jamaica Plain retained his District 4 seat in September, and was unopposed.

All election information was according to the City of Boston’s Elections Department as of 10:30 p.m.