State Representative Nick Collins of South Boston said Monday he will seek to fill the vacancy left by state Senator Jack Hart.
Collins made his announcement just hours after fellow state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester said she was entering the 1st Suffolk race.
"Over the past several days I have spoken with many friends, colleagues, local residents and business leaders encouraging me to run for the state senate seat now vacated by Jack Hart,” Collins, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I am honored and humbled by this support, and I want you to know that I will be a candidate for the 1st Suffolk District Senate seat and will be making my formal announcement in the coming days."
A special election for the seat will be held May 28 and a primary will be held April 30, the Secretary of Commonwealth's office said Monday.
A former staffer in Hart’s office, the 30-year-old Collins has served the Fourth Suffolk, which includes South Boston and a sliver of Dorchester, since 2010.
Dorcena Forry, 39, a Democrat who represents the 12th Suffolk, also announced her intentions to run for the seat Monday.
State Representative Russell Holmes, 44, a Mattapan Democrat who represents the Sixth Suffolk, has also said he is considering a run.
Representative Marty Walsh, 45, who has represented the 13th Suffolk since 1997, was considered another potential heavyweight in the race, but said Monday he would not run.
“I took a week to sit back and think and I made the decision I would not be perusing it,” Walsh told the Globe.
Hart resigned last week to take a job at a law firm. He was elected to the House in 1996 and to the Senate in 2002. He is well known as the host of the St. Patrick’s breakfast in South Boston.
Prior to Hart, the seat was held by now US Representative Stephen Lynch from 1996 to 2001 and by William Bulger from 1971 to 1996.
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