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Partisan primaries to fill vacant First Suffolk seat set for Tuesday

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 29, 2013 01:40 PM

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The primary to fill Boston’s First Suffolk state Senate seat takes place Tuesday, as voters in four city neighborhoods head to the polls to select the likely successor to longtime state Sen. Jack Hart.

Democrats and unenrolled voters in South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and a sliver of Hyde Park will have the chance to pick between three candidates vying for the seat left vacant after Hart’s sudden departure.

From South Boston, Maureen Dahill and Representative Nick Collins, are making a run for the position.

Tuesday’s election will be Dahill’s first attempt for office. In February Dahill, an entrepreneur, blogger, and life-long South Boston resident, told the Boston Globe in February that her lack of experience in public office is what separates her from the rest.

“I feel like I’m a refreshing alternative,” she told the Globe. “I feel I can do this job, and I believe I have the edge because I’m a political outsider.”

Collins, another life-long South Boston resident and former aide to Hart, joined the Massachusetts House in 2010 and told the Globe in March, his appeal reaches beyond just the younger generation of South Boston.

“I’m not just going for the young vote in South Boston, I’m going for the young vote in Dorchester, in Mattapan, in Hyde Park,” Collins told the Globe. “I’m a whole different generation.”

From Dorchester, state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry has her crosshairs on the seat. The lawmaker, a Haitian-American, has been representing portions of Dorchester and Mattapan in the Massachusetts House since 2005 and told the Globe in March that she’s running to give a voice to every neighborhood.

“I want to tell people that this is not a Southie seat, this is the First Suffolk Senate seat,” Forry said after a recent campaign event at Phillips Old Colony House in Dorchester, the Globe reported. “I am here to represent people from Southie, from Dorchester, from Mattapan, from Hyde Park.”

Republicans in the First Suffolk won’t have a primary, with just one candidate, Dorchester resident Joseph Ureneck, running.

On Tuesday voters will also have a chance to cast their ballot for who they think will best fill the US Senate seat vacated by former-Senator John Kerry.

Democrats will have a choice between US Representative Edward Markey and US Representative Stephen Lynch.

On the Republican ballot, voters will have a choice between entrepreneur Gabriel Gomez, Representative Daniel Winslow, and Michael Sullivan a former United States attorney.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30.

Voters who are registered Republicans, Democrats, or unenrolled are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary.

All precincts will have ballots available in English and Spanish. Ballots fully translated in Chinese and Vietnamese will also be available at certain precincts.

Interpreters will also be present to assist voters in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and Russian, as well as other languages.

To find out where to vote, click here.

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