By Donna Whitehead
There are six candidates interested in filling James Timilty’s state senate seat. Six will appear on the Sept. 19 primary ballot, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.
Following the primary a special election will be held Oct. 17.
Democratic candidates are Paul R. Feeney, a former Foxborough selectman, and Edward R. Philips, an aide to state Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Stoughton.
Republican candidates are Mass Department of Transportation Legislative Director Michael C. Berry, Walpole Chamber of Commerce president Harry C. Brousaides, Walpole periodontist Tim Hempton and Attleboro resident Jacob Ventura, a former legislative aide to state Rep. Steven S. Howitt, R-Seekonk.
There is also a non-party candidate who will appear on the special election ballot: Joseph M. Shortsleeve of Medfield, a television reporter and anchor who now works at a consulting firm.
The deadline to object or withdraw is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, so the list of candidates is subject to change.
First elected to the senate in 2004, Timilty, a Democrat from Walpole, accepted appointment to the county post in April when the former treasurer, Joseph Connolly, submitted his resignation.
The Bristol & Norfolk Senate District consists of Ward 3, precinct B, and Wards 4, 5, and 6 in the city of Attleboro; the towns of Mansfield, Norton, Rehoboth and Seekonk in Bristol County; and precincts 1, 4, 5 in the town of Sharon, and the towns of Foxborough, Medfield and Walpole in Norfolk County.
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