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Kate Campanale Not Running For Massachusetts House, But Two Other Republicans Are

November 29, 2023

Former state representative Kate Campanale says she won’t run for the state rep seat her husband Peter Durant left vacant Wednesday when he was sworn into the Massachusetts Senate.

Campanale, who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019, told State House News Service on Wednesday, November 29 that she won’t run in either a special election (if there is one) or in the general election in 2024.

On the Republican side, John Marsi, a Dudley selectman who is a database marketing company vice president, is expected to run – as is Dave Adams, a Southbridge selectman who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the veterans affairs officer in Uxbridge.

The Sixth Worcester House District consists of the town of Dudley, the town of Southbridge, a portion of Spencer (precinct 1), and a portion of the town of Charlton (precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4A).

Durant (R-Spencer) was a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat on Tuesday, November 7.

With Durant’s departure on Wednesday, there are now 24 Republicans in the state House of Representatives, against 134 Democrats and one member unenrolled in a political party.

Durant’s addition to the state Senate increases the Republican ranks there to 4, against 36 Democrats.

Campanale, Durant’s wife, ran for lieutenant governor in the September 2020 Republican primary as the unofficial running mate of Chris Doughty, who ran for governor. Campanale lost to Leah Allen, the unofficial running mate of Geoff Diehl, who won the Republican nomination for governor that year.

The Diehl-and-Allen GOP ticket lost to Maura Healey and her running mate Kim Driscoll, the Democratic nominees, in the general election.


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