Kerry Healey, Lt. Gov. Under Romney, Will Not Run In Mass. Special Election

Kerry Healey, who served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor there, told the Boston Herald on Monday that she will not run in the state’s special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Yes, while I am grateful for and value the advice of those who have been urging me to run, I have decided not to be a candidate in this race,” Healey told the Herald in an email. 

She represents the latest member of the GOP to opt against a run in the special election, joining former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), 2012 U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei and Romney’s son, Tagg, as Republicans who have all taken a pass on the race.


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