Two-term Plymouth Selectman John Mahoney has decided to run for State Representative for the 1st Plymouth District, just a few months after kicking-off his re-election campaign.
WATD’s Bobbi Clark asked Mahoney about his plan for running for two offices at the same time, and Mahoney replied:
“My sole focus in the next seven weeks will be retaining my seat on the Plymouth Board of Selectmen. Is there overlap there? Absolutely. But, if and when, on Saturday, May 10, I’m fortunate enough to land one of the two seats on the Plymouth Board of Selectmen, then I will come out of that election, and then I will begin to focus on the state representative run.”
The state rep seat is available because longtime Republican Vinny deMacedo is running for the Massachusetts Senate, representing the Plymouth and Barnstable District, a seat long held by Democratic Senate President Therese Murray, who has decided not to seek a twelfth term.
The announcement from Mahoney, a Democrat, potentially pits him against Plymouth Selectmen Chair Matt Muratore, a Republican, who is also a declared candidate for deMacedo’s seat.
So, if either Mahoney or Muratore wins the state seat, they must resign from the Board of Selectmen before taking state office, possibly triggering a special election.
March 24 is the last day for candidates to submit nomination papers for open seats in the May 10 Plymouth town election.
April 29 is the deadline for the Town Clerk to accept nomination papers for the State Representative seat.