Incumbent Register of Deeds Daigneault Sails to Easy Victory Over Two Challengers
By Amanda Burke
FITCHBURG -- The incumbent candidate for local Register of Deeds, Kathleen Reynolds Daigneault, handily won a third term in office at Tuesday’s primary elections.
Daigneault out polled Democrats David Cormier, the Leominster Ward 3 City Councilor, and professional title examiner Patricia Buckley Malcolmson with about 51 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.
Daigneault received a total of 3,761 votes, Malcolmson received a total of 2,079 votes and Cormier received a total of 1,483, according to unofficial vote tallies by provided clerks offices in Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg and Westminster.
“I’m so grateful, and I feel like this is a mandate to keep doing what we’re doing, in helping people continue to access their land records and being able to feel comfortable coming into the registry,” Daigneault said Tuesday night.
Daigneault out-polled her competitors in all five communities whose real estate and deeds records are kept at the Worcester Northern Registry of Deeds.
She received 1,174 votes from Leominster residents, compared to Malcolmson who received 889 votes and Cormier who received 709, according to unofficial results.
All three candidates are Leominster residents. Daigneault received 1,393 votes from Fitchburg residents. Malcolmson got 634 and Cormier got 495, according to the unofficial election results.
Because no Republican entered the race for register, Daigneault is virtually guaranteed to win the Nov. 6 general election and another 6-year term leading the Northern Worcester County Register of Deeds, a position she held since 2006.
Daigneault said her win for a third term in office is an endorsement from voters over her job performance over the past 12 years.
“People are engaged and receptive when I’m out on the campaign trail,” she said. “I want them to know who I am (because) it’s a 21st century office today and with everything online everyone gets to use the registry.”
The local registry offices are located at Putnam Place in Fitchburg. The register oversees the office that keeps real estate and deeds records for Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Leominster and Westminster.
Voters in all five of those cities and towns were eligible to vote for Northern Worcester County register.
Leominster At-Large Councilor Cormier entered the race in February, after professional title examiner Malcolmson pulled papers to run for the position.
Cormier did not return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday night, but conceded in a post on social media that he did earn enough votes to win.
“Tonight marks the end of a campaign that begin (sic) in January, and even though I didn’t make it I still can’t think (sic) everybody enough for their support and kind words. There are so many people who I cannot thank enough who worked hard and believed in me,” Cormier wrote.
Malcolmson, who currently works as a case specialist in UMass Medical School’s estate recovery until, ran for a register of Northern Worcester County Registry of deeds as an unenrolled candidate in 2012, and was defeated by Daigneault.
Early, unofficial results reported by the Associated Press Tuesday night erroneously identified Malcolmson as the winner of primary election.
On Tuesday night, after a day of campaigning, she could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.