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Candidates kick off race to fill Markey’s US House seat

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Less than 24 hours after Democrat Edward J. Markey was elected to the US Senate, the race to replace him in the US House of Representatives was already in full swing.

A bevy of ambitious local officials unfurled their campaigns Wednesday for the mostly suburban Fifth Congressional District that runs from Revere to Lexington to Framingham to Holliston.

Many of these campaigns were effectively under way, however, in the months after Markey began his Senate bid.

State Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford, state Senators Will Brownsberger of Belmont, Katherine Clark of Melrose, Karen Spilka of Ashland, and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian of Waltham, all Democrats, filed federal paperwork to run for the Fifth Congressional District seat before Markey’s victory Tuesday night.

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