Gretchen Van Ness, who came in second to incumbent state Rep. Angelo Scaccia in a field of five in the Democratic primary for the 14th Suffolk state representative district (Hyde Park, Roslindale, West Roxbury) told supporters today she will run again in 2020 but that for now, she will concentrate her free time on working to support Question 3, which would enshrine transgender people's right against discrimination in public places.
In an e-mail message, she acknowledged several people have asked her to consider a write-in campaign against Scaccia, who won the Democratic nomination with less than 40% of the total vote:
We've looked carefully at the numbers and I'm afraid there's no clear path to victory. Given the large turnout for the primary, we expect high numbers again in November. Write-in campaigns are technical, labor-intensive and expensive, even in so-called "off" years, and we think the wiser course is to focus our energy and resources on 2020.