Mass. 5th Congressional race heats up before it has even started

Massachusetts 5th Congressional District Official MapBy Keith Spencer

keith@nobomagazine.com

MA 5th District – While U.S. Senator-Elect Ed Markey has not yet resigned from his House seat, potential replacements have already ramped up efforts to represent the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District.

State law dictates that an election will be held within 160 days of Markey resigning his House seat, and already a number of high-profile Democrats in the district have filed paperwork, establishing accounts with the Federal Election Commission. This not only the first, but also a critical step as raising money will more than likely be key in gaining recognition in a district that includes a lot of territory.

On Monday, State Senator Karen Spilka kicked off her campaign at her headquarters in Framingham.

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian announced his run via YouTube, and State Senators Katherine Clark of Melrose and William Brownsberger of Belmont as well as State Representative Carl Sciortino of Medford are looking to fill the seat long held by Senator-Elect Markey.

The Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District includes a swatch of communities from west of Boston in Framingham to north of Boston in Stoneham to the coast of Massachusetts Bay in Winthrop. Communities include: Arlington, Ashland, Belmont, Cambridge, Framingham, Holliston, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Revere, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Sudbury, Waltham,Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn.

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