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