With U.S. Senator John Kerry as President Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of State, it’s anyone’s guess who will run for the seat in a special election next summer. Kerry was nominated by Obama on Dec. 21.
If Kerry is appointed, Governor Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator, who will be named to the position before the special election.
Names have already been dropped locally and from afar, including actor and Cambridge native Ben Affleck, who said he is not interested in running for the seat Kerry has held since 1985.
Last week, Congressman Edward Markey announced he would make a run for it. Markey is the first prominent candidate to officially announce his interest in Kerry’s seat. Kerry and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, both said Markey would make a fine senator.
The Boston Globe reported last week that both Democratic Congressmen Michael Capuano of Somerville and Stephen Lynch of South Boston have expressed interest in running, but neither have made any decisions or announcements yet.
There is also speculation that outgoing Senator Scott Brown will run on the Republican side.
Only time will tell who will be throwing their hat in the ring.
So, you tell us. Who do you think should run for John Kerry’s seat once he’s officially nominated Secretary of State? Tell us in our comments section below.