It’s Official: Winslow is First Official Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

Other candidates still looking to get on the ballot, but here’s a look back at the week in the race for U.S. Senate.

It was a wild week, as the special election for John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat continued to take shape. Though many Republican contenders were rumored to jump into the race, so far only three have officially announced their candidacies.

Republican State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) announced officially on Thursday that he is running for U.S. Senate. Earlier last week, Winslow said he was forming an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate seat. Winslow represents the 9th Norfolk District, consisting of the towns of Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham, along with Precincts 3 and 4 in Medfield, Precinct 1 in Millis and Precinct 5 in Walpole.

Also announcing this week was former Ashland Board of Selectmen Chairman Jon Fetherston, who told Framingham Patch he will be a candidate in the race. Fetherston, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against State Rep. Tom Sannincadro, has started the the process to obtain 10,000 certified signatures to be on the special election Republican Primary ballot on April 30.

Another Republican, former Nantucket selectman and county commissioner Douglas Bennett, said this week that he’s making a bid for the seat, as well.

North Shore Republican and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) told the State House News Service he is also considering a run. Tarr, who represents the 1st Essex and Middlesex District, which includes the towns of Gloucester, Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover, Rockport, Rowley, Wenham, West Newbury and Wilmington, said he’ll make a decision by Monday.

And the Boston Globe reported former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez, of Cohassett is also considering a run.

On Monday, Beverly Libertarian Daniel Fishman announced he would attempt to get on the ballot. Fishman garnered finishing third behind Congressman John Tierney and Republican candidate Richard Tisei.

This week we also saw several Republicans opt out of the race, including former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, former State Sen. Minority Leader Richard Tisei and Tagg Romney.

Two Democrats – Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) – will face off in an April Primary and are off and running with their campaigning.

On Thursday, William “Mo” Cowan was sworn in as the interim senator and will serve until a new senator is elected in the June 25 special election.


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kevin thomas crowley February 10, 2013 at 04:26 PM
this is as good a place as any to restate my political anger at the annointment of markey as the candidate of the democratic party by so called 'progressive' forces both inside and outside the state. i am a liberal. i'm a tip o'neill democrat. off hand i can't think of any major issue where i disagree with citizens who refer to themselves as progressive.secondly, i have a good regard for congressman markey and will vote for him as the field stands today.and third, the thought of voting for a republican in this day and age is as repulsive to me as the concept of "werk" was to Maynard G. Krebbs. just ain't gonna happen. so, back to the annoinment of markey. really, no different than the prior practice of political bosses picking the nominee of the party. the annointment, immediately removed all other liberal or progressive candidates from the race. politicians they are, but stupid they are not.. the instantaneous seal of approval by the national democratic senatorial committee and statewide political hot shots also sealed the envelopes that hold the mother's milk. i don't like having my hand forced to vote for a 'chosen one'. they will probably get away with it, including my vote as an unindicted co-conspiritor, but i wouldn't be a bit surprized if it doesn't come back and bite their 'we know better than you' attitude.democracy enshines the twin notions of debate and choice. the annointment violated these principles.


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