Vote: 10th Suffolk State Rep Special Election Primary on May 2

The special election Democratic Party primary on May 2 will determine the next 10th Suffolk State Rep.

No other party has any candidates to replace Ed Coppinger, who stepped down from the position. So it's between Jamaica Plain's Celia Segel, Roslindale's Rob Orthman, and West Roxbury's Bill MacGregor. The majority of district is in West Roxbury, but there is a good amount in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Brookline. The district includes 15 precincts in West Roxbury, and nine precincts between Roslindale, JP, and Brookline. After redistricting, part of Jamaica Plain became part of the district.

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Dueling Endorsements for 10th Suffolk Rep Candidates

The three candidates for the special election to fill the 10th Suffolk District representative seat are gathering endorsements, and one candidate has drawn the ire from local progressive groups. First former state rep Liz Malia endorsed Bill MacGregor. Then current 15th Suffolk District state rep Sam MontaƱo endorsed Rob Orthman. And Celia Segel picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Cynthia Creem (D-1st Middlesex and Norfolk). Also, on Thursday the steering committee of the JP Progressives group, a local chapter of Massachusetts Progressives, recommended Orthman over Segel for the May 2 special election.

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Q&A: Rep Candidate Segel Would Fight for Affordable Housing & Assistance to First-Time Low and Moderate Income Homebuyers

Jamaica Plain resident Celia Segel is one of three candidates vying for the 10th Suffolk County District representative seat being vacated. Segel spoke with Jamaica Plain News about affordable housing, affordable healthcare, and reproductive rights. All three candidates are Democrats, and would face off in a May 2 Democratic primary. The winner will advance to a May 30 special election, to face any other party's nominee or independent candidates, of which there are none so far. Read a Q&A with candidate Rob Orthman here.

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10th Suffolk District State Rep Candidate Forum on March 23

Two candidates for the 10th Suffolk District state representative race will be participating in public forum that can be seen in-person on on Facebook on March 23. The slate of candidates has been in flux in recent weeks for this special election due to current state Rep. Ed Coppinger leaving for another job. There are three candidates: Jamaica Plain resident Celia Segel, Roslindale resident Robert Orthman, and West Roxbury resident Bill MacGregor. MacGregor has declined to attend the forum. All three are Democrats, so they would face off in a May 2 Democratic primary.

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