February 10, 2014 - Cape Cod Times - By C. Ryan Barber
A day after Senate President Therese Murray announced she would step down after her current term, state Rep. Vinny deMacedo confirmed Sunday that he will run to return the Plymouth Democrat's district to Republican hands.
DeMacedo, a South Plymouth Republican who was first elected to the Statehouse in 1998, has stated in the past that he would be interested in replacing Murray if she decided to leave the Legislature. Before Saturday, the 15-year House veteran said he thought Murray would hold her seat until at least March 2015, when Senate term limit rules would have required her to hand over the gavel after eight years as the first female leader of either Statehouse chamber.
But with the seat now open, deMacedo decided it was time to reach for the upper chamber in hopes of representing a Senate district that extends from Pembroke to the Upper Cape.
"Throughout my time on Beacon Hill, I have been a strong and consistent voice on issues that matter to all of us. One of the reasons I have been so effective for the citizens of Plymouth is my commitment to working together — regardless of party affiliation — to make government more efficient and responsive and better serve our residents and communities," deMacedo said Sunday, in a prepared statement. "If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next state senator, I will bring this same dedication to the state Senate. And, equally important, I will bring the same independent perspective that has always been guided by my simple belief that my job is to represent the interests of all the voters in my district."
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