With Sen. Katherine Clark in good position to win a special election to Congress in December, Rep. Paul Brodeur, a Melrose Democrat, is considering running for her seat.
"I have not decided yet. I am absolutely thinking about it,” said Brodeur, who said he wants the seat to be held by a “practical progressive.”
Other candidates have also surfaced, according to the Boston Globe. Reps. Christopher Fallon, a Malden Democrat, and Rep. Jason Lewis, a Winchester Democrat, also live in the district.
The Fifth Middlesex state Senate district includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and portions of Winchester.
Clark launched her campaign to succeed Ed Markey in Congress before the longtime Malden pol won his special election for U.S. Senate. Clark, who bested a large primary field, is running against Frank Addivinola Jr., a Boston Republican who ran for the Boston City Council and lost in September’s preliminary.
Independent James Aulenti of Wellesley is also on the ballot, as well as James Hall of Arlington running under the tag Justice Peace Security.
As far as the state senate is concerned, Brodeur said his “first and foremost” consideration would be his family, including children aged 9 and 11, and he would make up his mind in the “next couple weeks” about whether to run.
“The perpetual campaign is not built to foster a positive family environment,” Brodeur said, after testifying about the need for media literacy education at an Education Committee hearing.
Before Clark, the Senate district was represented by Republican Richard Tisei, who gave up his seat in 2010 to run for lieutenant governor.
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