Gregory Howes, a Concord selectman, said he plans to run for state Senate in 2012 as a Republican.
State Senator Susan Fargo, a Lincoln Democrat, currently represents Concord. She has held the Third Middlesex seat since 1997. The Legislature, however, is going through a redistricting process that will draw new boundaries for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts so it's not certain that Concord will remain in Fargo's district.
Howes said he will make a formal announcement in the fall but is "90 percent" in the race.
Howes, the owner of The Howes Insurance Group, has served on the Concord Board of Selectmen since 2006 and is currently serving his last two-year term.
Howes said he has been registered as a Democrat, Republican and unenrolled in the past but decided to run as a Republican. He said it's the party that best suits his desire to challenge the status quo.
"It’s the only body that could support someone willing to go against the grain," Howes said. "My hope is that there is a yearning for a practical approach to politics. I think there’s an opportunity there. I think we can do better."
Howes said he is starting to raise money and talk to potential supporters. He is married and has three children.
Fargo said she was just re-elected in November 2010 so she hasn't thought much about the next election cycle. But she said she doesn’t have any plans to step aside. Fargo was injured in a fall at the State House earlier this year but has recovered and is back at work.
Fargo most recently defeated Republican challenge Sandi Martinez of Chelmsford. Martinez ran against Fargo in the last three elections. Fargo said she welcomes any challengers.
"We have a democracy and it depends on people being willing to step up and run," Fargo said. "I’ve beaten all my opponents and I'd expect to do the same against Greg."
The Third Middlesex Senate District is made up of Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington (precincts 3, 8, and 9), Lincoln, Sudbury (precincts 1 and 4), Waltham, and Weston.