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Mike Barrett to challenge Susan Fargo for state Senate seat

Posted by Brock Parker  November 30, 2011 09:00 PM

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Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Mike Barrett is making a bid to get back into state politics by announcing today that he plans to run against State Senator and fellow Democrat Susan Fargo.

Mike Barrett headshot.jpgBarrett, 63, of Lexington, was a state senator from Cambridge from 1987 to 1994, when he left the seat to run for governor and lost.

He moved to Lexington in 1995 with his family and has served as the chief executive officer and general counsel of the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England, a market analyst and information technology consultant, and is now a small business owner.

With his two kids out of college, Barrett said he’s ready to get back into state politics and he thinks the Third Middlesex district could use a fresh injection of energy.

“My batteries are recharged,” Barrett said. “I’ve got some good ideas. I’m ready to go.”

Fargo, of Lincoln, defeated Republican Sandi Martinez last year to be re-elected to the Third Middlesex district seat she has held for about 15 years. The district covers Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington (precincts 3, 8, and 9), Lincoln, Sudbury (precincts 1 and 4), Waltham, and Weston.

Fargo, who is the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, said today that she plans to run for re-election and welcomes Barrett to the race. She said she believes health care is, next to jobs, the number one issue in her district and she relishes a good campaign.

Barrett said he believes creating jobs is the top issue for the district and that the state has an opportunity to bring more technology jobs to the area. He said he believes Massachusetts has a legitimate opportunity to compete with the West Coast in consumer electronics for the health care industry.

Barrett owns Critical Mass Consulting, which studies smart phones, social media, inexpensive sensors and home robots in an effort to use the technology to help people take command of their health.

When asked if he had any problems with Fargo's service as the state senator for the district, Barrett said he he has “no beef with the past” but is focused on making his case for a high-energy approach to the job.

While he has not held an elected office since leaving the state Senate in 1994, Barrett, who lives in Lexington’s 8th Precinct, has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and is currently Lexington’s alternate representative to the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission.

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