Boncore may Leave State Senate for Position at Biotech Council

Special to the Times-Free Press

When Lisa Kashinsky of Politico Massachusetts Playbook first reported last week that State Sen. Joe Boncore was letting his colleagues know that he “plans to leave for a job at MassBio [Massachusetts Biotechnology Council],” it set off a lot of speculation and political activity in the senatorial district that includes East Boston.

The Boston Globe followed with a story stating that “Boncore, 39, still has more interviews for the leadership job, according to a person familiar with the hiring process.”

The East Boston Times-Free Press has been unsuccessful in its efforts to secure a statement from Sen. Boncore about the job offer. However, Mass. State Senate Clerk

Michael Hurley has confirmed to the East Boston Times-Free Press that Sen. Boncore has filed disclosure forms stating that he is a prospective employee of the Massachusetts Biotechnology.

Boncore has served as state senator for East Boston since 2016 when he won a special election for the seat previously held by Anthony Petruccelli.

Potential candidates emerge for State Senate seat

The recent new items about Sen. Joseph Boncore being considered for a high-level position at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council has led to candidates considering a run for the position in what would be a special election.

Boston District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards said in a statement Tuesday to the East Boston Times-Free Press: “It is an opportunity. It’s a rare one, and I’m looking at it. I’m going to talk with my friends and family and of course my supporters throughout the district to see what they think. Ultimately, I will have to make a decision and I’m not there yet.”

State Rep. Adrian Madaro has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the state senate seat.

Revere School Committee member Anthony D’Ambrosio is strongly considering a run for the seat.

Revere Councilor-at-Large Steven Morabito, who ran for the seat in the 2016 special election, said, “Team Morabito is exploring the option to run for Senate if Sen. Boncore leaves. I will resign as Councilor-at-Large and remove my name from the ballot if I pursue a run for State Senate.”

Revere resident Juan Pablo Jaramillo, who ran for state representative in the special election to fill the Winthrop-Revere seat previously held by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, is also considering a run for the state senate seat.

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