Robert B. McCarthy, a Watertown resident and retired firefighter who ran for the special Senate election last fall, announced today that he will not run again for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District seat he pursued then, due to physical injuries.
McCarthy wrote in a prepared statement that while undergoing intensive rehabilitation therapy from two total knee replacements within the last 11 months, he decided not to submit the necessary signatures for the May 1 deadline.
“This was not an easy decision, but after talking with family and friends I believe this is the best decision for me at this time," McCarthy wrote in a prepared statement. "I am eternally grateful to the constituents who have supported me during this process.”
McCarthy wrote that he will continue to be a voice for "all of us" as a commissioner of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, and on the various boards and nonprofits he is involved in.
McCarthy was a candidate for the seat, which represents Watertown, Belmont, and parts of Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, the Fenway and the Back Bay, in a special election held last December to fill the vacancy left by Steven Tolman, now president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
In a race that included four candidates, then-state Representative Will Brownsberger captured the majority vote, earning him the seat.
McCarthy came in second in each of the district’s communities, according to his statement.
A retired captain of the Watertown Fire Department who served as president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts for 24 years, McCarthy resides in Watertown with his wife of 44 years, Dotty Maurer McCarthy. They have three children and five grandchildren.
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