DORCHESTER REP JOINS RACE FOR OPEN SENATE SEAT
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 6, 2018....Dorchester Rep. Evandro Carvalho has jumped into the special Senate election to replace Linda Forry, once again pitting a Dorchester Democrat against one from South Boston five years after two state representatives from the same two Boston neighborhoods battled it out.
Rep. Evandro Carvalho has represented Dorchester in the House since 2014. [Photo: Sam Doran/File/SHNS]
Carvalho, who is serving his second term in the House, will be matched up against Rep. Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat who came less than 400 votes short of winning the Senate seat in 2013 when he lost to Forry.
Forry resigned from the Senate this month to take an executive position at Suffolk Construction.
"The political commentators will say it's long odds, that money is aligned against me, but I've been an underdog my entire life: As a kid from Cape Verde who spoke no English and cleaned buildings in the Back Bay; as a Madison Park student who dreamed of being an attorney; and now as a candidate for State Senate. I can't wait to show them what we all can do together," Carvalho said in a statement Tuesday.
While many Bostonians were preparing for Super Bowl parties, Carvalho said he was speaking to a small neighborhood restaurant owner on Saturday when gunshots rang out two blocks away, killing one person.
It was the fifth fatal shooting in Boston this year.
"All I could think of is that this is real life. Our lives are on the line, my wife and daughter's included. Everyday, people struggle to pay the bills, struggle with addiction, struggle to even stay afloat, never mind get ahead," Carvalho said.
Other state lawmakers from the district, including Rep. Dan Cullinane of Dorchester and Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan, took a pass on the race.
Holmes said recently it was important not to have multiple candidates of color dividing the vote, and he is expected to support Carvalho's bid.
The primary to fill the First Suffolk District Senate seat has been scheduled for April 3, and the general election will be held May 1.
There is still time for other candidates to get into the race. The deadline to submit nomination signatures is Feb. 20.
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