Republican Steve Aylward of Watertown announced he has filed signatures to run for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex state senate seat, and he will challenge incumbent Will Brownsberger, a Democrat from Belmont, in the general election.
Aylward won the race for Repubican State Senate Committeeman in March, and he serves as chairman of the Watertown Republican Town Committee. He also is a former School Committee member.
Aylward joins Brownsberger to officially announce a run for the state senate district that includes Watertown, Belmont and parts of Boson. Incumbent Brownsberger is running to retain the seat he won in a January special election.
The speical election was called after Steven Tolman left the seat to become president of the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts. Brownsberger, who was the state representative for Belmont, won the Democrat primary over three other challengers in December.