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Beacon Hill resident to run for State Rep. Marty Walz's seat

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 4, 2013 11:14 AM

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A Beacon Hill resident has announced he will run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives to fill the seat being vacated by state Rep. Martha “Marty” Walz.

Nils Tracy, a research analyst at the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, announced Saturday his intent to run as a Democrat for the seat representing the 8th Suffolk District, which encompasses Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and portions of Cambridge.

The announcement comes just days after Walz, a Boston Democrat who currently represents the district, announced her plans to resign from the legislature in mid-February to work as president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Tracy, a member of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, said in an official announcement Saturday he was running to make sure issues facing the city’s downtown neighborhoods are heard by the legislature.

“We have unique needs and challenges. We have to deal with rent inflation driving away small business, and the needs of the large student population co-existing with permanent residents. Then there are the critical issues of access to fresh healthy food, making our urban parks safer, and keeping public transportation affordable,” he said in a statement.

Tracy holds a J.D. from Suffolk University, and studied business administration at Boston College. During school Tracy interned with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee headed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.

He has also worked on campaigns for local politicians and on President Barack Obama’s campaign.

“I am passionate about the causes of social justice, and bipartisanship. I will always put results that help my district over partisanship,” Tracy said in a statement.

A date has not been set for a special election.

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