State Treasurer Steve Grossman has endorsed Josh Dawson for state representative of the 8th Suffolk District.
Dawson, who has worked as executive director of Grossman’s political committee since 2011, is running as a Democrat to fill the legislative seat vacated by Representative Martha "Marty" Walz.
The district encompasses the Back Bay, a portion of Beacon Hill, the West End, and parts of Cambridge.
In a statement, Grossman said he was “confident that the people of the 8th Suffolk District will recognize Josh's integrity and leadership qualities and support him in the upcoming special election.”
Grossman also described Dawson as a “skilled professional who is deeply committed to the public interest and to increasing the involvement of his fellow citizens in the political process.”
Dawson, a Back Bay resident, was elected Democratic State Committeeman for the Second Suffolk Senate District in 2008 and has served as chairman of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee since 2010.
He stepped down from the post to run for office.
“It’s been a privilege to work so closely with Treasurer Grossman and it's an honor to have his support in this race,” Dawson said in a statement. “I'm excited about the possibility of working with him in an official capacity for years to come.”
An Ohio native, Dawson graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a dual degree in politics and government and French before moving to Boston.
He has previously worked as a project manager at the Sapient Corporation, the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery in Boston, and as the legislative and budget director for State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy, a Brockton Democrat.
Dawson is also a “graffiti nabber” for the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay.
Walz announced in January she would resign from the state House of Representatives in mid-February to lead Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
The race's primary is scheduled for May 28, and the special election for the state House seat will be held on June 25, the same day as the US Senate special election.
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