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Dates set for special election to replace state Rep. Marty Walz

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 7, 2013 12:57 PM

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Officials have set the dates for the special election to fill the Eighth Suffolk District representative seat being vacated by State Rep. Martha “Marty” Walz.

The primary is scheduled for May 28, and the special election for the state House seat will be held on June 25, the same day as the US Senate special election.

Since Walz announced last week her plans to resign, two candidates have come forward to run in the Democratic primary—Jay Livingstone, an attorney and projessor, of Beacon Hill, and Nils Tracy, a research analyst, of Beacon Hill.

The district encompasses Back Bay, parts of Beacon Hill, the West End, and portions of Cambridge.

Walz plans to step down in mid-February to take a position as president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin announced the schedule Thursday.

The deadline for submitting nomination papers to local registrars of voters to be certified is April 16, and the last day to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth is April 23. Nominations for the House of Representatives require a minimum of 150 certified signatures.

Nomination papers are available at the Elections Division, Room 1705, McCormack State Office Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston.

The 8th Suffolk District consists of Ward 3, precinct 5; Ward 4, precinct 6; and Ward 5, precincts 3-9, 11 in the City of Boston, Suffolk County; and Ward 2, precincts 2, 3; and Ward 5 in the City of Cambridge, Middlesex County.

Boston is also preparing for a special election to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by former state Sen. Jack Hart. The South Boston Democrat stepped down to take a job at a private law firm. The primary for that seat is scheduled for April 30 and the special election is scheduled for May 28.

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