East Boston State Representative Adrian Madaro has decided not to run for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Senate seat that will be left vacant by Senator Anthony Petruccelli on January 21.
“Over the past few weeks I have been touched by those who have encouraged me to pursue Senator Petruccelli’s seat,” said Madaro. “However, after spending time over the holidays to reflect, I have made the decision to remain in my position as East Boston’s State Representative. I know that there is much work to be done and that this is a time for me to follow through on commitments I made during my campaign.”
The 27-year-old Eastie Democrat said he wants to remain focused on his efforts in the community and on the people who have placed their trust in him during his election ten months ago.
“These are times of rapid change in East Boston and I believe that remaining in my position provides the stability we need to move forward,” he said.
Madaro was elected in March, 2015 during a special election for former State Rep. Carlo Basile’s seat. Madaro topped the ticket in a five man race during the primary election and then bested challenger Joanne Pomodoro in the general election.
Madaro is name was immediately floated as a potential candidate for a seat that has been held by an East Bostonian since the 1950s. Petruccelli kept that tradition going by beating out former Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo in 2007 for the seat that was left vacant by former Senate President Robert Travaglini.
This will leave only two Eastie residents in the race; Lydia Edwards and Diana Hwang.