5-way race takes shape for DeLeo’s open seat

Former Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s seat is barely cold, but already a five-way race is taking shape.
The Winthrop Democrat and longest-serving speaker in state history officially resigned on Tuesday, triggering a leadership shakeup and kicking off the race to determine his successor in the 19th Suffolk District.
Alicia DelVento, a state Democratic committeewoman from Winthrop and a communication and policy aide for Rep. Danielle Gregoire, on Wednesday became the fifth candidate to file paperwork with the state Office of Campaign Finance.
Another Beacon Hill aide also threw his hat into the ring this week. Valentino Capobianco, a Winthrop School Committee member, former DeLeo aide and current chief of staff to state Sen. Paul Feeney, filed candidacy paperwork on Tuesday.
The Winthrop Democrat said he is running “to improve our public schools and to help our small businesses and working families rebuild after the pandemic.”
Juan Pablo Jaramillo, a Democratic State Committee member and political coordinator for 32BJ SEIU from Revere, was first to file as a candidate with the state on Dec. 18.
At the time, Jaramillo told the Herald, he has served his community throughout his career and views the opening as “an opportunity to continue to serve and bring that perspective to Beacon Hill.”
Joining him are former Winthrop Town Council President Jeffrey Turco and Revere Director of Veteran Services Marc Silvestri, who each had paperwork on file as of Monday.
No Republicans have formally announced an intention to run so far, according to Office of Campaign Finance data.
Massachusetts law requires a special election to be held on a Tuesday within 160 days but no less than 145 days from the date of the vacancy.
Whoever wins the seat representing Winthrop and Revere will sit in the shadow of the legacy cast by DeLeo. He served the district for 30 years and as speaker for the last 12.
During his tenure atop Beacon Hill, DeLeo presided over landmark bills including the transgender public accommodations bill, criminal justice reform — including the recent police accountability bill — gun control, domestic violence, education and wage parity.
Quincy Democrat Rep. Ron Mariano on Wednesday was voted in as the next speaker of the House. He takes the helm after serving as majority leader for the past decade.
 

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