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Markey Kicks Off Bid For Kerry’s Old Senate Seat

MarkeySPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Congressman Ed Markey arrived to the cheers of local supporters Saturday.

“I am going to be out here over and over again in order to earn the support of the voters of western Massachusetts,” Markey enthusiastically proclaimed.

Markey told the crowd that western Massachusetts will decide who wins the seat of former Senator John Kerry. Markey pledged to dozens of supporters at the Student Prince that he’ll work on issues surrounding clean energy, abortion, and a ban on assault weapons.

“I’m going to word very hard on all of those issues, including rural broadband,” he said. “Which I worked on extensively as the lead democrat on the Telecommunications Committee.”

Former Senator Scott Brown, who announced Friday he’s not running for Kerry’s senate seat, made headlines last month when he questioned if Markey lives in his eastern Massachusetts district. Markey owns a second home outside Washington.

We asked Markey what his reaction to Brown’s question was.

“We just had about 700 people in Malden at a rally to kick off my campaign and I was very gratified that all of my neighbors in Malden came out,” Markey said.

Those in attendance Saturday say Congressman Markey impressed them with his vision for western Massachusetts.

“I was very impressed with what he told us,” supporter Joel Spiro of Northampton said. “He’s for the things that I’m for so I think I’m going to be a supporter of Ed Markey, and I’m proud to do it.”

“He’s so knowledgeable, he’s done so many good things that are apart of our everyday lives, I decided I needed to come down and support his candidacy,” supporter Rob Snyder of Amherst said.

Markey says he is a bi-partisan candidate who can work with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.

The special senate election is slated for June 25th. If needed, the state will hold a primary election on April 30th.