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Five Democrats, one Republicans say they have signatures to qualify for congressional race

Posted by Your Town  August 2, 2013 06:11 PM

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The Congressional candidates in the Fifth District are all claiming to have achieved enough signatures on nomination papers to make it onto the ballot, with Sen. William Brownsberger claiming more than any of the others.

The Belmont Democrat told the News Service his campaign has collected 7,356 signatures. The candidates’ signatures were filed with local clerks in town and city halls, and ultimately Secretary of State William Galvin will determine whether each candidate collected the requisite 2,000 certified signatures from registered voters in the district.

It is a crowded Democratic field. Sens. Katherine Clark, of Melrose; Karen Spilka, of Ashland; and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, of Waltham, all reported submitting more than 5,000 signatures.

Rep. Carl Sciortino, a Medford Democrat, collected more than 4,000, according to the campaign.

The lone Republican in the race, Frank Addivinola Jr., of Boston, said he collected more than 3,500. Attempts to reach Libertarian Party candidate Michael John Coombes, of Framingham, were unsuccessful.

The Oct. 15 primary will winnow the Democrats seeking the seat most recently held by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who won a special election to ascend to the upper chamber of Congress earlier this summer.

The candidates had a small window of time to collect the 2,000 signatures. Galvin announced the schedule July 15, barely two weeks before the July 31 deadline. Candidates will need to file the papers certified by local clerks with Galvin’s office Aug. 14.

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