Race for Rep. Murphy's Seat is Heating Up
A pair of new candidates emerged in the race for Charles Murphy's seat.
The race to fill the 21st Middlesex District State Representative seat is getting more competitive by the day.
Former Burlington Selectman and current Town Meeting member Virginia Mooney has put her name up for consideration to replace outgoing representative Charles Murphy. Mooney will be running a sticker campaign for the Sept. 6 primary against fellow Democrats David Fionda and Ken Gordon. The ballot will only show Murphy's name, but he is not running, so voters must write-in their choice.
The 21 Middlesex District includes the towns of Burlington, Bedford and Precinct 3 of Wilmington.
Gordon, 52, of Bedford, announced his write-in candidacy for the vacant seat in a release yesterday. According to the announcement, Gordon is a 21-year resident of Bedford and is an attorney who specializes in the representation of employees who have faced discrimination or harassment based on their race, religion, national origin or gender in the work place.
“I am getting in this race to give the voters of Burlington, Bedford and Wilmington a competent Democratic candidate with a history of working hard for their interest,” said Gordon. “I will fight hard to give the middle class a voice in state government."
Mooney has been a Town Meeting member for 36 years and was a member of the Board of Selectmen from 1988 to 1991. She has also volunteered on the Housing Partnership Committee, the Burlington Finance Committee and the B-Line Advisory Committee among other positions. She has also held state appointments, including the By-Law Review Committee and spots in the Democratic party and she has volunteered for many organizations in town.
"I make no false promises if I am elected," she said. "Only that I will work hard for changes in state government and represent the the towns of Burlington, Bedford and Wilmington to the best of my ability. If you want a representative of the people and for the people then you will vote fore me."
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