For those of us lucky enough to have called Senator Ken Donnelly a friend, this has been a sad time. Ken put everyone else first – as a fireman, a legislator, and a husband, father, and grandfather – and we in Massachusetts are forever indebted to him for his lifetime of service and sacrifice. My thoughts continually turn to Ken’s family, and I pray that they find solace and strength in the fact that his legacy lives on in the innumerable lives he touched and enriched. Senator Donnelly and I were partners throughout the last decade and I want to make sure his work continues in the State Senate.
After much reflection and a long weekend of conversations with family, loved ones, and constituents, I have decided to run in the special election for the Senate seat to represent the people of Arlington, Woburn, Billerica, Lexington, and Burlington. While no one can replace Ken, I believe that my extensive legislative experience in local and state government and in our community, makes me a strong candidate for the State Senate. In the coming weeks, I encourage residents of the district to look at my record, look for campaign announcements as I begin this endeavor, and never hesitate to reach out directly if you have any questions or wish to get involved.
I look forward to campaigning across the district, to knocking on doors to hear voters’ concerns, and to highlight the work I’ve done on behalf of people in my district and across the Commonwealth. As a State Representative, I have worked to advance policies to protect the environment, maintain an inclusive society and ensure equal rights for all, preventing MBTA service cuts in our district and leading the effort on developing a real solution to the MBTA, improving conditions for children in foster care, and reducing income inequality to enable middle class families in Massachusetts to not just make ends meet but provide a better future for the next generation. I am proud of the work I have done and, with your support, I would be honored to continue this work as our next State Senator.
The primary election has been set for Tuesday, June 27 and the general election has been set for Tuesday July 25.
Sean’s a good guy. He’s been there a long time, and is still young — 32. He returns phone calls. I remember him volunteering for the ’04 Kerry campaign. He got elected to school committee right out of high school; got the nomination for State Rep in a bit of a kooky primary, taking over for Marzilli in ’08. He’s what you’d expect from Arlington: Very progressive, part of the MBTA caucus, big on environment, single-payer, justice reform, etc. (Thanks ProgressiveMass.)
The Senate would be a friendlier place for Sean’s priorities than Bob DeLeo’s House. Of course, whoever follows Sean into the House is going to face the same problem.
If Sean wins, Arlington being what it is (along with West Medford), I suspect the Rep race will attract more than one candidate.