Published March 25, 2020

WAKEFIELD — If all went as planned, residents in Precincts 4, 5 and 6 now officially have a voice in the state House of Representatives.

Kate Lipper-Garabedian was set to be sworn into office at 12:30 p.m. today on the Grand Staircase at the Statehouse as representative of the 32nd Middlesex District, which also includes Melrose and one precinct in Malden. Because this happened after the Daily Item’s deadline, we can’t say she was for sure, given the uncertainty that rules during the virus age.

Lipper-Garabedian was an at-large City Councilor in Melrose when she won a March 3 special election to fill a vacancy left when Paul Brodeur resigned to become Melrose’s mayor. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic took center stage and caused a delay in Lipper-Garabedian taking office.