We’re about a week out from the special primary to replace Anthony Petruccelli in the Senate, and it’s overwhelmingly likely (probably >99%) that the winner of the Democratic primary will be the new Senator.
There are other races taking of the majority of political attention, but this is a pretty interesting race with a good mix of candidates.
I live in the district and I’m still undecided. I’d love to see a discussion here to flesh out the candidates. Here’s what I see as the general lay of the land:
Jay Livingstone, who currently reps my neighborhood (although not my street) is someone I like, although he’s pretty close to House leadership. Petruccelli never seemed that interested in the Cambridge end of the district, and Livingstone likely would. I would think that Livingstone would have to be considered one of the favorites given his electoral history and support from many elected officials, labor unions, and environmental groups. He only represents part of the district, but it may be enough if he can drive up margins there in this seven-person race.
Dan Rizzo is the former Revere mayor, and city councilor before that. If you’re looking for more of an old-school Dem, it’s probably Rizzo. His biggest priority as mayor was bringing a casino to Revere. He had support from some Cambridge pols last time around when he challenged Petruccelli, only Jarrett Barrios has endorsed him this time.
Diana Hwang has political experience but has never been elected. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her, and she has the backing of many progressive leaders (including some elected officials). She has released a clever new ad; the only ad I’ve seen at all for this race. In a race where name recognition is almost everything, a fun and memorable introduction like this seems perfect. It’s also a testament to her fundraising strength.
Lydia Edwards has done great work as an attorney and advocate. She has a couple great endorsements and a lot of labor support. Unfortunately, the recent controversy over choice is really bad. Only the diehards will be coming out for a special primary, and I can’t imagine many will be too thrilled about her staking out a pro-life position and then apparently reversing that in a Planned Parenthood questionnaire. When some of the only media coverage the campaign has received is a negative article in the Globe, that’s not good.
Joseph Boncore is a Winthrop defense attorney and seems to hit most of the progressive notes on the issues. I don’t know much more about him than that (and I’ve been derelict in attending events). His bio sounds good and I love his commitment to public service. I suspect it will be very tough for him to win this one, though.
Steven Morabito is a city councilor from Revere. He doesn’t have a dedicated website, so this campaign probably isn’t running at the level it needs to in order to win. He also needs to fix his twitter feed. Otherwise he sounds like a good guy and I like that he has directly mentioned his support for trans rights. It’s probably not his time for this, but let’s hope he keeps at the public service.
Paul Rogers is a small business owner from East Boston. It doesn’t seem like he has that much traction. Running is very hard, especially the first time, and even more so when running against more experienced candidates. I applaud his commitment.
I’m choosing between Livingstone and Hwang and I would bet on Livingstone winning.
Who you got and why? Who do you think will win?