Maureen Dahill, a South Boston native and blogger, has officially declared her candidacy for the vacant state Senate seat in the First Suffolk District.
“I pulled the papers yesterday, but I’ll make the official announcement sometime Monday,” Dahill told Boston.com Friday afternoon.
Dahill, who has never run for public office, cofounded the local style blog Caught in Southie. She holds degrees from Boston College and Emerson College.
“I feel like I’m a refreshing alternative,” Dahil saidl “I feel I can do this job and I believe I have the edge because I’m a political outsider.”
She is the third candidate to declare their candidacy for the seat, along with state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, and state Representative Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat.
A special election will be held May 28, following a primary April 30.
The First Suffolk represents South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and a sliver of Hyde Park.
Jack Hart, who held the seat, resigned earlier this month to take a job at a law firm. He was elected to the House in 1996 and to the Senate in 2002.
Before Hart, the seat was held by Stephen Lynch, now a US representative, from 1996 to 2001, and by William Bulger from 1971 to 1996.