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December 28, 2012

Markey to run for U.S. Senate

First to announce bid to replace Kerry

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Markey, who put energy and environmental protection issues at the forefront of his agenda in Congress, is the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, and from 2007 to 2010 led the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He served two terms in the Massachusetts House representing Malden and Melrose before his election to Congress.

According to his latest campaign finance filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Markey had over $3.1 million in cash-on-hand at the end of November that could be put toward a Senate campaign. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas also are considering a run for the Senate.

Markey becomes the first Democrat to formally enter the fray and will bring into the contest more than a generation of experience in Washington as well as a long voting record.

State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, is also eyeing a possible run, promoting himself as satisfying a desire among voters for “new voices and new ideas.”

President Obama last Friday announced his nomination of Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Once Kerry resigns after his confirmation, Gov. Deval Patrick would have to set the date for a special election within 145 to 160 days. The governor also gets to appoint an interim senator until the special election can be held, and he has said he favors finding an interim appointee who could serve as a placeholder without any desires to run for the permanent post.

Markey ran for Senate in 1984 for the seat vacated by the late Sen. Paul Tsongas, but eventually dropped out of that race before the primary. Kerry went on to win the election and hold the seat for the next 28 years.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is widely considered to be the leading contender on the Republican side of the ticket, should he decide to run again after losing by eight points in November to Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren. Brown has not yet commented on his plans for another special election after capitalizing on the last special election in 2010 to score a surprising victory after the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Kennedy’s son, Edward Kennedy Jr., briefly mulled moving back to Massachusetts from Connecticut to run for the U.S. Senate, but announced before Christmas that he had decided against a campaign.

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