I was stunned by the news at the 5:00 pm on WBSM 1420 AM as State Representative Stephen R. Canessa of New Bedford who represented the 12th Bristol district has resigned his seat for a new job elsewhere.
That will trigger a special election, at a date as yet to be announced, for the opean seat.
While nothing is official, and indeed I think news of the vacancy is less than 5 hours old, it is entirely likely that there will be at least one Republican candidate seeking to run to fill the vacancy.
I’ve chatted with at least one qualified gentleman and had reached out to at least one other. I don’t want to name any names at this point too publicly until one, the other, or more take the formal steps to do what they need to do between OCPF & Galvin’s office (or at least until they go public with it) but as of right now it looks as if the SouthCoast WILL NOT be allowing this prime opportunity to pass us by.
For the record, the 12th Bristol district is defined as:
Consisting of precinct 3, of the town of Freetown, precincts F and G of ward 1, precincts A, B, C, D and E of ward 3, and precincts D and E of ward 4, of the city of New Bedford, and precinct A of ward 4, of the city of Taunton, all in the county of Bristol; and precincts 2 and 3, of the town of Lakeville, and precincts 2 and 4, of the town of Middleborough, both in the county of Plymouth.
Only the New Bedford portions are within my Second Bristol & Plymouth State Senate district. Parts also fall under the First Bristol & Plymouth as well as the First Plymouth & Bristol. It also is a district that has had a relatively high turn over rate in incumbents over the past decade and geographically is a fairly red to at least purple color nowadays. It’s by no means a gimmie for the MassGOP but there could be much worse opportunities here in the SouthCoast.