September 20, 2017/Press Releases

Massachusetts Democrats Unify in Race for Bristol and Norfolk Senate Seat


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 


Emily Fitzmaurice, Massachusetts Democratic Party, 617-939-0808 


Democratic Nominee Paul Feeney and Sharon Democrat Ted Philips 

SHARON – Local Democrats joined the two candidates that ran in yesterday’s special primary election for the Bristol and Norfolk State Senate seat and pledged unity in their fight to win the seat against the Republican challenger in next month’s special general election.

“I am inspired by the all the good I’ve seen during this primary race and look forward to working with Ted and local Democrats to make sure the working families and residents of the Bristol and Norfolk district have a strong voice on Beacon Hill,” said Paul Feeney, the Democratic nominee for State Senate. “This district deserves a State Senator that will fight to create a better future for them and the next generation. I am excited that we’ll be able to continue our talks with voters over the next month about the things they care about like good jobs, fair wages, supporting our schools, protecting women’s rights, and increasing access to high quality healthcare.” 

Feeney, a Foxborough resident, is currently the Legislative Director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222, which he has been a member of for 19 years. Most recently, Paul was the State Director for Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Feeney also previously served as Chief of Staff to former State Senator Jim Timilty and as Chair of the Foxborough Board of Selectmen.

“Democrats should be very proud this morning after a substantive, positive, issues-based campaign, we’ve emerged with a strong nominee to carry our message into the general election,” said Sharon Democrat Ted Philips, who also ran in yesterday’s primary election. “I hope all my supporters will join me in working to make Paul Feeney the next State Senator for the Bristol and Norfolk district.”

“From updating the way our public schools are funded to investing in the education and recovery programs needed to combat the opioid epidemic, Paul Feeney, will take on the issues most important to the working families and residents of the district,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. “We are unified in our efforts to ensure Paul is the next Bristol and Norfolk State Senator.

“This district has a long tradition of being represented by a Democrat in the State Senate,” said Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg. “As a Democrat, Paul Feeney will immediately be able to become a Committee Chair and start having a meaningful impact on issues of concern to this district.”

The district represents: Attleboro (Ward 3, Precinct B; Ward 4; Ward 5; and Ward 6), Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon (Precincts 1, 4, and 5), and Walpole. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17.

Congressman Joe Kennedy will host the first canvass of the general election this Saturday, September 23 at 9:15 a.m. in the Foxborough/Mansfield area (final location TBD). Those interested in joining Congressman Kennedy, Feeney, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party for this kick-off canvass can RSVP here.