With 382 out of 385 precincts reporting, it appeared that Maria Curtatone, a lawyer from Somerville, won Thursday's Democratic primary for register of deeds in Middlesex County's southern district, which includes Wakefield.
At 12:30 a.m. Sept. 7, according to unofficial results compiled from Boston.com and the Waltham election office, Maria Curtatone received 14,524 votes. Her closest competitor, Maryann Heuston, also from Somerville, received 12,971 votes.
With a 1,553 vote lead for Curtatone as of 12:30 a.m., it did not appear that results from the remaining three precincts in Townsend would alter the results.
Curtatone defeated in what was the de facto election for the office. No Republican candidates ran for the office, so Curtatone will be unopposed in November's general election.
The register of deeds is responsible for overseeing records and documents related to real estate. If you're a homeowner, your mortgage, property title, condominium documents and other real estate records are maintained by the register of deeds.
The Middlesex South district consists of 44 towns and cities in Middlesex County.
Having won the primary, Curtatone is lined up to take over as register of deeds from Eugene Brune, who served in the office for 24 years and is retiring. Perviously, Brune was mayor of Somerville.
Curtatone's younger brother, Joseph Curtatone, is the current mayor of Somerville.