POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

Who Wants to be the Next Republican Senator?

by David Trumbull

February 5, 2010

Scott Brown did it, can you? A Special Election has been called for May 11th to fill the vacancy in the Massachusetts Senate caused by the resignation of Democratic Senator Anthony D. Galluccio. The Primary Election, at which a Democrat and a Republican may be nominated, will be held on April 13th.

March 2nd is the last day for submitting nomination papers. Any Republican seeking to run will need to submit nomination papers with at least 300 signatures of voters in the district—Republicans and independents may sign for a Republican.

The district—Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex Senate District—is made up of the cities of Chelsea and Everett and parts of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. The district includes part of Revere, where Scott Brown won with 53% and Saugus where Republican Scott Brown had a big 63% victory. Here in Boston it includes Charlestown, where Senator-Elect Brown got 48% of the vote (and carried several precincts) and some precincts in Allston/Brighton.

Following Scott Brown’s victory last month, the Massachusetts Republican Party expects to be fielding vibrant Republican candidates to the Legislature in 2010. After all, the solutions to the problems on Beacon Hill are not new laws, but new lawmakers.

“Democrat legislators in Massachusetts act as though they’re entitled to elected office, but the voters have rejected one-party rule,” said Nick Connors, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Republican Party. “Democrats should be on notice: Voters will hold the party in power accountable for irresponsible spending, an out-of-touch agenda and unethical behavior.”

When a potential candidate decides to run for elected office, the MassGOP provides assistance including candidate trainings, voter identification information, district information, message and campaign timeline development, incumbent voting records, as well as other opposition research.

If you are interested in running please contact me at and I’ll get you in touch with the appropriate persons at the state party headquarters.

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]