Patriot Ledger: Ventura latest candidate for Bristol and Norfolk seat in State Senate

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ATTLEBORO – GOP’s Ventura joins crowded race for Timilty senate seat

Republican Jacob Ventura of Attleboro is the latest candidate to enter the race for the vacant Bristol and Norfolk seat in the state Senate

Ventura, 30, is a lawyer who has worked as a legislative aide for State Rep. Steven S. Howitt, R-Seekonk.

The vacancy was created by the April resignation of former State Sen. James Timilty, D-Walpole, who was appointed Norfolk County Treasurer.

Ventura said he supports Gov. Charlie Baker’s “fiscally responsible reform agenda” and would emphasize constituent services if elected.

“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,” he said.

Ventura is the second Republican in the race. Michael Berry, a former Walpole selectman and school committee member, is also running.

On the Democratic side, announced candidates to date are:

Paul Feeney, a former Foxboro selectman; Ted Philips of Sharon, an aide to state Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Stoughton; and former TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield.

The primary election is scheduled for Sept. 19. The election will be held Oct. 17.

Candidates have until Aug. 8 to submit nomination papers.

The district includes Walpole and Sharon Precincts 1, 4 and 5.


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