Brighton Attorney, Former Watertown Council President Enter Senate Race
Two join Brownsberger, Hecht running for Tolman seat. Also, redistricting not an issue in race.
Former Watertown Town Council President Clyde Younger and Boston attorney Tim Schofield jumped into the race to replace state Sen. Steven Tolman, and other local politico is pondering a run.
The Boston-based State House News Service reported that Younger and Schofield confirmed they plan to run for the senate seat.
A Brighton resident and Gulf War veteran who is a partner at a Beacon Hill law firm, Schofield is familiar with special elections, coming within 64 votes of becoming his neighborhood's state rep. in 2004, losing to current Rep. Michael Moran.
Schofield also ran for Boston City Council in 2007 but despite raising the most money and garnering an impressive number of endorsements from progressive causes and elected officials, he finished third in the primary.
The openly-gay Schofield has the endorsement of Moran, Boston state Rep. Kevin Honan along with Boston City Councilors Mark Ciommo and John Connolly, who is also Schofield’s law partner.
Younger was president of Watertown's Town Council from 1997 to 2003 and 2005 to 2009. He lost his seat in 2009 to current President Mark Sideris.
The News Service reports that others contemplating the run include:
• former Watertown Town Councilor Marilyn Devaney;
• Sheila Lawn, an assistant district attorney and sister of state Rep. John Lawn;
• Boston state Rep. Martha Walz; and
• Robert McCarthy, former head of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
The primary will be held Dec. 13, and the general election will be on Jan. 10.
Tolman stepped down as the Second Suffolk and Middlesex senator after being elected president of the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts.
Redistricting Will Not Impact Special Election
Potential redistricting of the Second Suffolk and Middlesex senate district will not effect the special election for Tolman’s seat, State Rep. Jonathan Hecht said.
“It won’t apply to the special election,” Hecht said.
The Second Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District will no longer include parts of Cambridge and would extend further into Boston, under the proposal.
Hecht currently represents the 29th Middlesex House District, which includes most of Watertown and parts of North and West Cambridge.
Under the new plan, he would represent nine, rather than 11 precincts in Watertown, with the other two going to state Rep. John Lawn and the 10th Middlesex House District.
“The 29th (Middlesex) will have three-quarters of Watertown,” Hecht said. “And it will grow a little in North Cambridge.”