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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Several to seek Blumer's House seat

FRAMINGHAM

The list is growing longer of candidates seeking the state House seat left unexpectedly open by the death last week of Rep. Deborah Blumer.

Several candidates have registered as sticker candidates with the Town Clerk's office and others have publicly said they will seek write-in votes.

At least three Democrats will seek the endorsement of fellow partisans at a caucus on Sunday. Framingham School Committee vice chair Pam Richardson; Wes Ritchie, who is the legislative aide to state Rep. Tom Sannicandro; and Thomas Hanson, of Hanson Farms, have all said they will seek the seat. Democratic leaders have said they hope the candidates who are not endorsed will back the party's selection.

Republicans see an opportunity, too. Nick Sanchez, who garnered about a third of the votes when he ran against Blumer two years ago, received the local GOP nod in a meeting Wednesday night. Also, Jim Rizoli, a Republican and vocal opponent of illegal immigration, said he would seek the seat. Marla Davis, an unenrolled candidate, also has registered with the Town Clerk's office.

Blumer, who was running unopposed for a fourth term, died of an apparent heart attack while driving in Framingham Friday morning.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Blumer's name would remain on the Nov. 7 ballot, but that votes cast for her would not count. Whoever receives the most write-in votes will be declared the winner.

-- John C. Drake

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