Democratic Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Kerry, whom President Obama tapped to be secretary of State, The Boston Globe is reporting.
Here's the Globe:
Markey, 66, a Malden Democrat elected to the House in 1976, is the first prominent candidate to declare a run for Kerry’s seat, which will be filled through a special election early next summer, probably in June. Kerry, a Democrat and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate in the coming weeks as the next secretary of state.
The Massachusetts special election is likely to be a closely-watched national race, and a potential harbinger for the 2014 mid-term elections.
“I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important,” Markey said in a statement to the Globe. “There is so much at stake.”