After a short but furious campaign fueled by dissatisfaction with the incumbent, Milton's Mac D'Alessandro conceded to Rep. Stephen Lynch for the Ninth Congressional seat, around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
D'Alessandro faced a room of excited supporters at Abby Park in Milton with a message of accomplishment.
The challenger reminded his supporters that just five months ago, the campaign started with no name recognition and no money. He pointed out that their campaign with nothing challenged an incumbent with both name recognition and plenty of funding.
D'Alessandro said, while he didn't win the right to continue in November's election, he was able to send a message to Lynch. He said his campaign set out to tell those in power that people pay attention to their votes and actions.
"When (those in power) vote wrong on too many important issues we send them a message," D'Alessandro said.
He went on to tell his campaign supporters, "Thanks to you, Congressman Lynch now knows we are paying attention."
D'Alessandro doled out praise to his family, friends, supporters and campaign staff among a flurry of applause.
"It's been a tremendous ride," he concluded. "I couldn't have done it without you, folks. Let's see what tomorrow brings."
D'Alessandro, who works as the New England Political Director for the Service Employees International Union, ran on a platform of supporting working families.
Lynch, a South Boston resident who has held the seat since 2001, will now face Republican challenger Vernon Harrison.