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Watertown's Bob McCarthy Will Not Run for State Senate

The challenger in this year's special election has pulled out of the race to challenge State Sen. Will Brownsberger.

The following information was provided by the Robert McCarthy for Senate campaign: 

Robert B. McCarthy, of Watertown, announced today that he will not be a candidate for State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesex.

“While undergoing intensive rehabilitation therapy from two total knee replacements within the last 11 months, I have decided not to submit the necessary signatures May 1 as a candidate for the office of State Senator in the Second Middlesex and Suffolk district,” McCarthy said. “This was not an easy decision, but after talking with family and friends I believe this is the best decision for me at this time. I am eternally grateful to the constituents who have supported me during this process.”

“My heart and home will always be with the children, seniors, veterans the hardworking people of this district. I met so many new and old friends during my last campaign and I’ll continue to be a voice for all of us as a Commissioner of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission and on the various boards and nonprofits I am involved with,” McCarthy continued.

McCarthy was a candidate for held last December to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Senator Steven Tolman, now President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. In a race that included four candidates, McCarthy came in second in each of the district’s communities, which included Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge and Boston.

A retired Captain of the Watertown Fire Department who served as President of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts for 24 years, McCarthy resides in Watertown with his wife of 44 years, Dotty (Maurer) McCarthy. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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