The race to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry is becoming increasingly crowded. Two Democrats have already announced their candidacies for the special election, while several Republicans and third-party candidates have stepped into the race or have plans to.
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District) and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (5th District) are running for the Democratic nomination.
After former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown—who lost reelection to Elizabeth Warren in the fall—opted to forgo the race, the Republican field has been wide open. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan; Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset resident and former Navy SEAL; and state Rep. Daniel Winslow (9th Norfolk District) are all running for the Republican nomination.
There are also two third-party candidates: Libertarian Daniel Fishman, a software developer from Beverly who previously ran for the Congressional 6th District seat, and independent Jack Robinson, a former Republican who twice ran for the Senate and ran against Lynch for his Congressional seat in 2006.
Third-party candidates need to have had garnered 10,000 signatures by April 3. The primary election will be April 30 and the final election June 25. Interim Sen. William Cowan holds the seat in the meantime.