Q&A: Rep Candidate Orthman Would Fight for Affordable Childcare, Face Rising Costs for Seniors, and Stabilize MBTA

Roslindale resident Rob Orthman is one of three candidates vying for the 10th Suffolk County District representative seat being vacated. Orthman spoke with Jamaica Plain News about stabilizing the MBTA, fighting for public education, affordable housing, and more. 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. Q: What neighborhood do you live in?


Four Candidates So Far for Special Election to Fill 10th Suffolk District Seat

Four Democratic candidates have filed paperwork to run for the 10th Suffolk County District rep seat after Rep. Ed Coppinger announced he'd be leaving the job. After redistricting, a small part of Jamaica Plain became part of the 10th Suffolk District. The majority of the 10th Suffolk District is in West Roxbury, Roslindale, and a little in Brookline. The four candidates are Roslindale resident Robert Orthman, Jamaica Plain's Garrett Casey, and West Roxbury residents William MacGregor, and David Giordano. All four are Democrats, so they would face off in a May 2 Democratic primary.