State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry said Monday that she will run for the State Senate seat previously held by Jack Hart.
A special election for the seat will be held May 28 and a primary will be held April 30, according to the Secretary of Commonwealth's office.
"Our Senate district needs a strong, experienced leader to step in right away to carry on the work of Senator Hart and to build a new partnership among the constituencies of the district's neighborhoods. I am ready and willing to be that leader for the whole First Suffolk district on Day One," Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, said in a statement.
Dorcena Forry, a 39-year-old resident of the Lower Mills neighborhood, currently represents the 12th Suffolk, which includes portions of Mattapan, Dorchester, and Milton.
"My work in the Senate will be grounded in a unique understanding of the city neighborhoods that compose the First Suffolk district. I have spent my whole life in the First Suffolk communities and I have a ground-level understanding of the people, institutions and public spaces that make this such a special place to live,” Dorcena Forry, said in a statement.
She was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005, after working for both the city and state governments.
She is not, however, the only one eying the First Suffolk seat, which presides over South Boston, portions of Dorchester, and Mattapan.
Representative Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat and former staff member of Hart’s office, and Representative Marty Walsh, a Dorchester Democrat with strong union support, have also been mentioned as possible candidates for the seat.
Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat, has also said he is considering running for the seat.
Hart said he is resigning to take a job at a law firm. He was elected to the House in 1996 and to the Senate in 2002. He is well known as the host of the St. Patrick’s breakfast in South Boston.
Prior to Hart, the seat was held by now US Representative Stephen Lynch from 1996 to 2001 and by William Bulger from 1971 to 1996.