Representative Russell Holmes won’t run for First Suffolk seat; South Boston local says she is considering it
State Representative Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat, will not run for the vacant First Suffolk state Senate seat, he said Wednesday morning.
“I gave it some thought, but I’m going to hang back,” said Holmes, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2011. “I think I can do a lot more right now for my district in the House of Representatives.”
With Holmes out that currently leaves state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, and state Representative Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat, as the only two candidates to declare their intention to run for the seat formerly held by Jack Hart.
A South Boston native, however, said she is considering a run.
Maureen Dahill, a local blogger and stylist, recently told Boston.com that she is “seriously considering” running for the seat that covers South Boston and parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.
“I feel I have a strong voice,” said Dahill, a 43-year-old registered Democrat. “I hope I’ll be seen as refreshing because I’m a political outsider.”
Dahill, who has never run for public office, is the cofounder of the local style blog Caught in Southie and holds degrees from Boston College and Emerson College.
A special election will be held May 28, following a primary April 30.
Hart resigned last week to take a job at a law firm. He was elected to the House in 1996 and to the Senate in 2002.
Before Hart, the seat was held by Stephen Lynch, now a US representative, from 1996 to 2001, and by William Bulger from 1971 to 1996.