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Tolman's successor picked today

Technically, it's only a primary, but since there's no Republican in the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex race, the winner of the Democratic primary will be the next senator, WBUR reports.

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So, do I vote for the Menino candidate (Schofield), the old boys' network candidate (McCarthy), the Goldman Sachs VP (Brownberger), or the anti-collective bargaining guy (Hecht)?

3 lawyers and a union leader...blech.

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As a resident with little knowledge of the group prior to the primary, I've been pleasantly surprised (minus McCarthy). As a general rule, when a person runs for office and leaves jobs where they make 5-10x the salary of the elected position, you're likely to have a more competant person than your classic DeLeo coatholder. More so, due to Hecht and Brownsburger's success outside politics, they are far less likely to be co-opted by the democratic machine (see their pension and casino votes against DeLeo). I'll take a Goldman VP and a member of Yale Law's faculty over a back-office coatholder any day, and I voted accordingly.

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Jeez, the cheap shots don't encourage people to run for office.

I voted this morning. Like everyone, the candidates have their pluses and minuses. The amount of money they made before they ran for office is irrelevant. People who make $50K a year, or less, ought to be eligible for public office.

Most of the Republican candidates for president made plenty of money before their run, but I wouldn't vote for any of them. People who make less than $50K a year ought to be eligible for public office.

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Seems like the candidates basically took the votes in their towns (Schofield got 66% of Boston's relevant districts) but in the end with just shy of 5,000 votes, Brownsberger won the primary.

Source: Belmont Patch

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