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Tracy drops out of 8th Suffolk House race, backs Livingstone

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 9, 2013 02:24 PM

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A candidate running for state representative in the 8th Suffolk District has announced he is dropping out of the Democratic primary race.

Nils Tracy, a research analyst and Beacon Hill resident, announced Tuesday he was ending his bid for the seat and endorsed fellow Democrat Jay Livingstone.

“I chose to run for state representative, because I believe the 8th Suffolk District deserves a strong progressive leader. I now believe Jay Livingstone is that leader,” Tracy said in a statement. He encouraged his supporters to back Livingstone.

The 8th Suffolk district encompasses Back Bay, parts of Beacon Hill, West End, and portions of Cambridge. The seat was vacated in February by Democrat Martha “Marty” Walz, who was first elected in 2005. She resigned to take a position as president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Tracy’s announcement comes the same day Livingstone, an attorney and Beacon Hill resident, announced he had been endorsed by Mass Alliance and Progressive Massachusetts.

Josh Dawson, a Back Bay resident who has worked as executive director of state Treasurer Steve Grossman’s political committee, is also running in the Democratic primary.

He has been endorsed by city councilors Tito Jackson and Michael Ross, and Grossman.

The primary is set for May 28 and the general election will be held on June 25.

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