News: Hedlund plans to run for re-election;

The Scituate Mariner is reporting that Hedlund may be interested in the Minority Leader’s position next year. Hedlund is running for re-election.

Scituate – As it stands now, Republican state Sen. Bob Hedlund of Weymouth and Democratic state Reps. Jim Cantwell of Marshfield and Garrett Bradley of Hingham say they intend on running for re-election this year.

“There were a lot of changes in the political landscape this year,” said Hedlund, who represents the Plymouth/Norfolk District of Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury. “Our minority leader’s position in our caucus is open now too.”

According to Hedlund, state Sen. Richard Tisei has done a tremendous job as minority leader and has exceeded expectations, but come November, Tisei, who has held the minority leader position since 2007, could be running for lieutenant governor alongside Republican Charlie Baker. With only five Republican state senators, Hedlund said he might be in a position to take on Tisei’s role.

“There’s other factors to consider,” he said, noting that Republicans seem to be in a holding pattern. “It would definitely require more time in the building, and a lot of other commitments. I like giving to my district as much as possible.”

The same article notes that no Republican took on Cantwell in 2008 and none seems to have emerged thus far.  

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