The Boston Globe is reporting that State Senator Thomas Kennedy (not THAT Kennedy family if anyone were wondering) has passed away due to health complications. His district is anchored by his home city of Brockton and includes other towns in northern Plymouth County. He held several chairman- and vice-chairmanships. He was at one point studying to become a priest and had a disabling fall at age 19. Thoughts and prayers with his family and I guess this starts the clock on a special election.