Heading into the new year, Senate President Therese Murray is feeling no sense of urgency to make her future political plans public before April, the month nomination papers to run for office are due to local clerks.
“I’ll make the decision by April. That’s when I usually make the decision,” Murray told the News Service in an interview Thursday.
The Plymouth Democrat said she was not worried that holding off on announcing a decision would impede the ability of potential candidates to organize a campaign for her seat should she decide not to run.
“I believe people are already, and have been for many years, looking at the seat,” Murray said.
Murray said the situation with her continuing as Senate president and Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg waiting in the wings is no different than when she sewed up the votes to succeed former Senate President Robert Travaglini a year before Travaglini left the Legislature, and said it has not led to any tension among Democrats in the Senate.
Murray got a tough challenge from Republican Tom Keyes in 2010 before soundly defeating him in 2012.
Murray’s district covers Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth and Sandwich, areas represented in the House by Reps. Thomas Calter (D-Kingston), Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), David Vieira (D-East Falmouth) and Randy Hunt (R-East Sandwich).
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