BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, was ‘‘carefully weighing’’ a bid for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Tarr is the latest Republican to consider a candidacy after former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and several other well-known members of the party said they would sit out the special election.
State Rep. Daniel Winslow, of Norfolk, announced Tuesday that he had formed an exploratory commitee and indicated he was leaning toward a run for the seat. He gave no timetable for a final decision.
The primary is scheduled for April 30 and the special election will be held June 25. Kerry resigned from the Senate last week after being confirmed as the new U.S. Secretary of State.
Tarr, who heads the four-member Republican caucus in the state Senate, is ‘‘carefully weighing a decision and wants to do what is in the best interests of the party,’’ said his spokeswoman, Lisa-Marie Cashman.
Tarr will announce his decision on Monday, Cashman said.
U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are vying for the Democratic nomination.
Mo Cowan, Gov. Deval Patrick’s former chief of staff, was appointed by the governor to fill the U.S. Senate seat on an interim basis and is scheduled to be sworn-in by Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.