Election 2012: Kennedy wins Mass. race to replace US Rep. Frank

BOSTON (AP) – There will be a Kennedy in Congress again as Democrat Joseph Kennedy III has beaten Republican businessman Sean Bielat (BEE’-lat) in the race to replace retiring Democrat Barney Frank.

The 32-year-old Kennedy is the first of his generation in his famous political family to seek elected office.

The Brookline resident is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, who represented the state’s 8th Congressional District. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He served in the Peace Corps and worked as a prosecutor.

In 2006 he and his twin brother managed the final U.S. Senate campaign of their great-uncle Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009.

Kennedy will represent the 4th District, extending from the Boston suburbs of Newton and Brookline to part of Fall River in the south.

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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. He was a full-time news reporter and weekend anchor while assuming the duties of Manager of Web and News Services. The 25 year-old Franklin Pierce University graduate adds a blend of new media to the traditional news for WATD listeners over the airwaves, and for the readers on the web. Dodrill has a vast amount of experience in on-air and online platforms. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.