Senate plans pair of special elections on May 10

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STATE HOUSE — Special elections to fill a vacant Senate seat on the South Shore and another soon-to-be vacant seat in Greater Boston will be scheduled for May 10, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office.

Rosenberg and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr issued a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon indicating that the Senate would formally schedule the election during it first formal session of the year on Jan. 21.

The primaries will be held on April 12 and the general election about a month later.

Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund officially resigned his post on Monday after being sworn-in as mayor, and Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, of East Boston, has said he plans to resign on Jan. 21 when he will also deliver farewell remarks to his colleagues.

Petruccelli is leaving the Senate for a job at the Boston lobbying firm Kearney, Donovan and McGee. The First Suffolk and Middlesex District consists of Revere and Winthrop as well as several neighborhoods in Boston and Cambridge.

The Plymouth and Norfolk District long represented by Hedlund includes Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Marshfield, Norwell and Weymouth.

— Written by Matt Murphy

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