Attleboro voters elect state rep, approve tax hike for school

Massachusetts Statehouse

Voters in Attleboro elected Democrat Jim Hawkins to fill the state representative seat previous held by Paul Heroux.

Heroux gave up the Second Bristol District seat when he was sworn in as Attleboro's new mayor in January.

Hawkins defeated Republican opponent Julie Hall by about 300 votes in unofficial results from Tuesday's special election. He will serve out the term until January.

Voters also approved by a wide margin a tax increase that will allow the city to build a new high school.

The estimated cost of the new school is about $260 million. About half of the funding will come from the taxpayers.

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