With U.S. Sen. John Kerry as Pres. Barack Obama’s pick to become Secretary of State, it’s anyone’s guess who will run for the seat in a special election next summer. Kerry was nominated by Obama on Dec. 21.
If Kerry is appointed, Gov. Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator, who will be named to the position before the special election.
Names have already been dropped locally and from afar, including actor and Cambridge native Ben Affleck, who said he is not interested in running for the seat Kerry has held since 1985.
Earlier in December, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey told reporters at Malden City Hall that he would “seriously consider” running for Kerry’s seat in the U.S. Senate. On Thursday, he made it official, announcing he would make a run for it. Markey is the first prominent candidate to officially announce his interest in Kerry’s seat.
The Boston Globe reported Thursday that both Democratic Congressmen Michael Capuano of Somerville and Stephen Lynch of South Boston have expressed interest in running, but neither have made any decisions or announcements yet.
There is also speculation that outgoing Sen. Scott Brown will run on the Republican side.
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