( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
It’s official! According to the Tuesday morning edition of the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Derek Maksy, an incumbent selectman from Lakeville & a former candidate for 2010 State Senate in the First Bristol & Plymouth district seat currently held by Senator Michael Rodrigues, officially announced his candidacy for the 12th Bristol seat for State Representative.
“I think I can probably get in there and not miss a beat,” he said, saying he is familiar with the entire region.
Maksy said there isn’t much time for fundraising and he will use $20,000 of his personal money to start his campaign.
[Democrat Stephen] Canessa, who resigned June 24 and started his new job as legislative liaison for Southcoast Health Systems on Monday, said he will not endorse anyone for his former seat.
“It’s up to the voters of the district to decide who will represent their interests in Boston,” he said.
Indeed, one former New Bedford city councilor, Dennis Farias, a Democrat, has already considered running and bowed out.
As noted on the General Court’s website, the 12th Bristol consists of: Precinct 3 in Freetown; Ward 1 Precincts F and G, Ward 3 Precincts A, B, C, D and E and Ward 4 Precincts D and E in New Bedford; Ward 4 Precinct A in Taunton; Precincts 2 and 3 in Lakeville and Precincts 2 and 4 in Middleboro.
Papers are available now. They are due back in to the local elections offices on July 12. The filing deadline with the state is July 19. The primary date is August 23 with the special election being September 20.
PS – YES, this IS the candidate that I referenced just a few minutes earlier in the original post about this Canessa vacancy/special election.
There have been rumors & reports of one or two more Republican candidates but Derek Maksy is the first, and ultimatley perhaps the only, out of the gates.