Kennedy To Announce Candidacy
Sources say Joseph Kennedy III will officially join the race for the Fourth Congressional District at an event in Newton on Thursday, Feb. 16.
But that will change tomorrow.
In a press release issued Wednesday evening, Kennedy's campaign reps said he will offficially announce his candidacy tomorrow, Feb. 16. A video announcement will be posted on www.joekennedy2012.com in the morning.
Following his announcement, Kennedy is set to make five stops in the district, starting in Newton. He is scheduled to appear at the Newton Centre MBTA stop at 7:45 a.m.
After Newton, Kennedy will travel to Milford, Attleboro, Taunton and Fall River.
“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government, but that’s not happening in America anymore,” Kennedy said in the press release. “I've spoken to people from across the 4th Congressional District - from Newton to Fall River - who believe that Washington no longer works for them. I will work hard to earn every vote and if elected bring that fight for fairness to the US Congress.”
In an email sent Wednesday morning, the Newton Democratic City Committee originally said Kennedy would make an appearance at the Deluxe Station Diner in Newton Centre tomorrow around 7 a.m.
Kennedy will be back in Newton on Saturday to collect signatures for his campaign, the email said. He and a number of other candidates will be collecting signatures on Langley Road and at the Newtonville Shaw's from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kennedy announced last month he was forming an exploratory committee to look at the seat, which will be open following the retirement of longtime Congressman Barney Frank. He moved to Greenough Street in Brookline, and is registered to vote in the district as of Feb. 9.
Along with Kennedy, former Frank challenger and Democrat Rachel Brown, Attleboro Democrat Paul Heroux, Sharon Democrat Marty Farren and Brookline Democrat Jules Levine have announced plans to run for the seat. Brookline Library Trustee and Patch columnist Michael Burstein has said he will form an exploratory committee to look at the seat.
Newton Democrat Herb Robinson made a decision to run early on, after leaving his campaign to run for U.S. Senate.
Former Fourth District contender Sean Bielat and Brookline School Committee member Elizabeth Childs have also said they will run on the Republican ticket.