Katherine Clark Announces She Is Running For Congress

Sen. Katherine Clark announced Friday to her supporters that she will be running for Congress.

In a letter emailed to her supporters on Friday afternoon, state Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) announced that she will be running for Congress.

U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D-Malden), who represents Stoneham in the House, is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry.

If Markey wins that Senate seat, it would leave open the Fifth Congressional District seat in the House, which Clark would run for. If he loses his bid, he would retain his current House seat.

Two other Massachusetts legislators have also announced their intentions to run for Markey's seat, if he wins the Senate seat: state Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford) and state Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont).

Stoneham's current state senator, Clark said in her letter on Friday that she is "working hard to help" Markey win the special Senate race. Markey faces fellow Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch in an April primary; Republicans who have declared their candidacy include twice-former congressional candidate Sean Bielat, state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk and former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez.

"I believe Ed Markey will be successful, and that a special election for the congressional seat will quickly follow," Clark wrote. "So I have made an exciting decision I want to share with you. I am running for Congress. I want to put my experience to work for the people of the Fifth Congressional District. Throughout my career, I have stood up for the families of Massachusetts. I will bring that leadership to Congress."

In the letter, Clark said that she has dedicated her career to being a voice for families and communities and "as a mom, attorney and state senator, I know how critical it is to continue to fight for early education, local job creation, public safety, our seniors and veterans, and a government that is transparent and accountable.

"The climate in Washington is divisive right now, but that is exactly why I want to represent our values in Congress," Clark continued in the letter. "I have a proven track record of bringing people together to find common sense solutions that create opportunity and move us forward."

deborah gudzevich February 16, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Finally, somebody that I like. Although, I don't know if I want to give her up as senator.
Jake February 18, 2013 at 08:28 PM
She is our senator too. Haven't seen her since she was running for office.
Harvey February 23, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Sen Clark does not have the best interest of us truly at heart. Her vote against the ban for an ID to vote not allowing illegal in state tuition and a Social Security number required for benefits shows she doesn't care where my tax dollars go. Here we go again, another out of state politician deciding what's best for Massachusetts.
Mark February 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Did Katherine know about this and if she did why didn't she do anything to protect the victims and taxpayer? So many questions and so few real reporters to ask them. The state’s most dangerous sex predators ran up a $1.2 million taxpayer-funded legal tab last year. Since 2003, when the state ordered the most dangerous, or Level 3, sex offenders be posted on a public website, convicts have flooded the Committee for Public Counsel Services with requests for lower, laxer classification. Since then, the public defenders’ office has had to shell out skyrocketing sums for lawyers to take those cases before the Sex Offenders Registry Board. “These sex offenders have already been criminally convicted in court. Now we’re handing them taxpayer-funded lawyers so they can attack our laws? It’s ludicrous,” said Laurie Myers, a longtime advocate for tougher laws for the state’s roughly 11,100 sex offenders. “This is an administrative hearing. If you get a traffic ticket, no one gives you a free lawyer.” Unlike parole hearings for second-degree murderers, critics point out, hearings before the Sex Offender Registry Board are held behind closed doors and without notice, or input, from victims or their families. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/02/sex_offenders_12m_tab
Patricia February 25, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Well, I'm not surprised she'll be supporting Markey. I thought she may be different when she started out but now I see she is just another Dem party line yes "man". She will not have my vote. Please people of MA - it's long past time to break this logjam of life time hacks.
Hector February 25, 2013 at 06:21 PM
So true Patricia.
Charlie February 26, 2013 at 02:10 AM
That Michael Day guy looks pretty good now doesn't he.
Mark February 26, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Does Katherine support her fellow Dems in their continually disgusting protection of sex offenders? She owes the victims of John Burbine an explanation. State Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable) A freshman state legislator now championing a bill to help convicted sex offenders get taxpayer-funded lawyers has earned more than $139,000 from the state’s public defender coffers in the past several years, according to state records. Mannal also has worked with CPCS to file bills to reduce the registration requirements for sex offenders to 10 years to life — down from 20 years to life — and remove the requirement for GPS monitoring for sex offenders on parole and probation. State Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), co-sponsoring the bill to loosen GPS rules on sex offenders.


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