According to the (local and informative) blog Cambridge Day State Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Somerville) has announced he is seeking the 5th Congressional District seat currently held by Special Senate Election candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). From the article:
“I am proud to call Ed Markey my Congressman and I am dedicated to helping elect him as our next U.S. senator,” Sciortino said. “I am running to continue the strong progressive leadership that the families of the 5th District have always counted on. I look forward to bringing my record of accomplishment to Washington to fight for our progressive values.”
Sciortino, a Medford resident and graduate of Tufts University, was first elected in 2004 at age 25, beating 16-year incumbent Vincent Ciampa. As one of the state’s seven openly gay legislators, Sciortino has championed the fight for marriage equality and co-wrote the state’s 2011 Transgender Equal Rights Bill. In addition, he co-wrote a 2007 bill creating 35-foot buffer zones protecting the entrances to women’s reproductive health centers. He said he has also led the fight to close corporate tax loopholes and make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation.
Good for him to get out in front, and he has a solid record as a progressive legislator and grassroots campaigner. I dismissed him as a one issue candidate, and a lazy one, when he failed to get qualified for the ballot but that was a grave mistake. Like Majorie Decker he has matured in the job and shown he is ready to take on bigger challengers.