From the State House News, courtesy of John Nunnari –
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 4, 2017….The new Norfolk County treasurer, James Timilty, resigned from the Senate on Wednesday evening, and the Senate on Thursday set an Oct. 17 special election to elect a successor to the Walpole Democrat.
First elected to the Senate in 2004, Timilty accepted appointment to the county post in April when the former treasurer, Joseph Connolly, submitted his resignation. His resignation will leave his district without representation during this month’s expected debate on the fiscal 2018 Senate budget bill.
Timilty also co-chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and the Public Service Committee, leadership slots that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will need to fill.
Secretary of State William Galvin announced that the primary will be held Sept. 19, and the deadline for submitting nomination papers to local registrars of voters is Aug. 8.
The southeastern Massachusetts district includes Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Walpole and portions of Attleboro and Sharon.
The district is one where a Republican candidate could have a shot at winning. With the exception of Medfield and Sharon, President Donald Trump gave Democrat Hillary Clinton a strong challenge throughout the Senate district last November. Trump defeated Clinton in the town of Rehoboth, and lost to Clinton in the district by 9,752 votes of nearly 89,437 cast. Clinton won the Senate district with 50.5 percent of the vote to Trump’s 39.6 percent.
According to the Sun Chronicle, Mansfield Republican Rep. Jay Barrows opted against a run and Rep. Steven Howitt of Seekonk is leaning against running.
On the Democratic side, legislative aide Ted Philips, of Sharon, and Paul Feeney, a Foxborough Democrat and lobbyist for an electrical workers union, are running. Former WBZ-TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve, a Medfield Democrat, is also getting in the race, according to the Sun Chronicle.
Voters in Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn and parts of Lexington are set to hold a July 25 special election to choose a senator to succeed the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, who was assistant majority leader in the Senate.
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