New In The Phoenix -- Running For Markey's Seat

In this week's issue of The Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a column about the early start in the hypothetical congressional special election to replace Ed Markey, should he become US Senator in the upcoming special election.

A couple of quick additional notes.

First off, state representative Sean Garballey lives in and reps Arlington, not Cambridge. My bad.

Secondly, the roster of names I laid out should not be considered the full extent of those interested in running. You could certainly add state representative Tom Sannicandro of Ashland, for instance; and perhaps rep David Linsky of Natick (especially if he decides Middlesex DA is out of his reach). I will try to keep up here on the blog (and on Twitter) as best I can -- so definitely tell me what you're hearing.

And finally, I mention in the column the crowded field of Democrats who ran in 1976 (including Kathi-Anne Reinstein's father, then mayor of Revere), when Ed Markey first won the seat. Some of you might enjoy seeing the full results of that primary, so here it is:

Bartholamew J. Conte, Lynnfield:  756

Joseph E. Croken, Malden:  16,298

Robert F. Donovan, Chelsea: 5,083

William F. Hogan, Everett: 5,143

Jack Leff, Malden:  4,266

Robert S. Leo, Everett:  1,759

Vincent A. LoPresti, Medford:  13,787

Edward J. Markey, Malden:  22,137

George R. McCarthy, Everett:  12,838

Stephen J. McGrail, Malden:  13,757

William J. Reinstein, Revere:  5,989

Rose Marie Turino, Lynnfield:  852

Total votes cast: 105,077

The district was significantly smaller then, of course -- the Commonwealth was divided into 12 congressional districts then, and 9 now. (It was also the 7th CD then, and the 5th today.)

I'm willing to wager that female candidates do better than <1% of the vote this time around, but aside from that I wouldn't want to make a whole lot of predictions at this point.

Anyway, check out the column and let me know what you think: After Markey, Get Set, Go

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