Michael F. Flaherty, a South Boston Democrat, will not run for the vacant First Suffolk state Senate seat, according to a post on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
“I want to thank my friends and family who have encouraged me to run for the State Senate. I know this district well, and in all of my campaigns I have received my strongest support in these neighborhoods,” read the post. “I am excited about serving the people of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and South Boston again, but it will not be as their next State Senator.”
Flaherty’s move was first reported by the blog Universal Hub.
Flaherty, a South Boston native who gave up his City Council seat to run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009, hinted at the potential of future “new opportunities.”
“New opportunities to serve are right around the corner, and know I will be ready for them,” read the post. “In the meantime, there will be plenty of campaigns to keep us all busy.”
Flaherty was first elected to the City Council in 2001.
With Flaherty 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 so far to declare their intention to run for the seat.
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.
The First Suffolk covers South Boston and parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.