race primary was a team effort, and she plans on succeeding Sen. Fred Berry with a November win against republican challenger Richard Jolitz.
After the win was made official, Lovely joined supporters, which included Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Rep. John Keenan, Police Chief Paul Tucker, city councilors and school committee members at the — headquarters for her campaign during Thursday's election.
Lovely thanked her family, supporters, Berry and even her opponents — Edward Carroll, Mary-Ellen Manning and John Slattery — during her acceptance speech.
"It's not easy to put your name on the ballot," Lovely said while congratulating her opponents on a hard-fought race.
In total, 20 percent of Salem's registered voters turned out for the race.
Be sure to watch our video for highlight from Lovely's victory speech.