BY: JIM HAND
ATTLEBORO — Jacob Ventura, an aide state Rep. Steven Howitt, has entered the crowded race to replace Sen. James Timilty.
Timilty, D-Walpole, resigned his Senate seat to become Norfolk County treasurer.
Ventura, 30, an Attleboro resident, said he has worked for Howitt, R-Seekonk, for more than three years....
Howitt said he would support Ventura, but wanted to allow him to speak for himself.
The candidate, an attorney, also said he shares Gov. Charlie Baker’s reform agenda.
“I’m running for state Senate to make state government work better for all of us, by sharing a vision that is committed to you, your family, and our communities,” Ventura said in a press release.
“This campaign represents a new generation of leadership that values ideas over political parties, good government over patronage, and a reform agenda that shares the values of working families.”
Ventura enters a special primary election with fellow Republicans Tim Hempton, Michael Berry, and possibly Harry Brousaides, all of Walpole.
On the Democratic side, Paul Feeney of Foxboro and Ted Phillips of Sharon have announced they are running.
There is also an independent in the race, former TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield.
The district include half of Attleboro and the local towns of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Norton, Mansfield and Foxboro.