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Seven Democrats, three Republicans vie for Markey seat

Top row, from left: Republican Mike Stopa, Democrat William Brownsberger, Democrat Karen Spilka , Republican Frank J. Addivinola Jr., Democrat Martin Long. Bottom row, from left: Democrat Katherine Clark, Democrat Paul John Maisano, Democrat Carl Sciortino , Republican Tom Tierney, Democrat Peter J. Koutoujian.
Top row, from left: Republican Mike Stopa, Democrat William Brownsberger, Democrat Karen Spilka , Republican Frank J. Addivinola Jr., Democrat Martin Long. Bottom row, from left: Democrat Katherine Clark, Democrat Paul John Maisano, Democrat Carl Sciortino , Republican Tom Tierney, Democrat Peter J. Koutoujian. Credit:

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The Fifth Congressional District, where seven Democratic and three Republican candidates are vying to succeed Edward J. Markey in Congress, sweeps from the shore of Revere Beach to the storied brick buildings of Harvard Yard to the tony suburban streets of Weston and beyond to Framingham and Holliston.

But the geographic diversity of the district has not brought diversity in the Democratic candidates’ positions on the big political issues of the day.

In a Democratic primary race in a heavily Democratic district, their differences in policy are often ones of nuance.

The three Republicans, by contrast, are often opposite images of the Democrats on major issues. The winners of the two party primaries Oct. 15 will face off in a Dec. 10 general election

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