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Joseph Kennedy III to Announce Candidacy, Visit Attleboro Thursday

Sources say Kennedy will announce his candidacy in the morning, followed by a signature drive.

Although he's already leading in polls and gaining endorsements, Joseph Kennedy III has yet to officially enter the race for the Fourth Congressional District. 

But that will all change tomorrow.

In a press release issued Wednesday evening, Kennedy's campaign said he will offficially announce his candidacy tomorrow, Feb. 16. A video announcement will be posted on www.joekennedy2012.com in the morning. 

Following his announcement, Kennedy is set to make five stops in the district, starting in Newton. He is scheduled to appear at the Newton Centre MBTA stop at 7:45 a.m. 

After Newton, Kennedy will travel to Milford, Attleboro, Taunton and Fall River. 

“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government, but that’s not happening in America anymore,” Kennedy said in the press release. “I've spoken to people from across the 4th Congressional District - from Newton to Fall River - who believe that Washington no longer works for them. I will work hard to earn every vote and if elected bring that fight for fairness to the US Congress.”

In an email sent Wednesday morning, the Newton Democratic City Committee originally said Kennedy would make an appearance at the in Newton Centre tomorrow around 7 a.m. 

Kennedy will be back in Newton on Saturday to collect signatures for his campaign, the email said. He and a number of other candidates will be collecting signatures on Langley Road and at the  from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Kennedy formed an exploratory committee to look at the seat, which will be open following Barney Frank's retirement. He recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline and registered to vote in the Fourth District.

Along with Kennedy, Brookline Democrat Jules Levine and Newton Democrat Herb Robinson have also announced campaigns for the Fourth District seat. 

On the Republican side, we've got former Fourth District contender Sean Bielat, and Brookline School Committee member and Republican Elizabeth Childs has already announced she will run for the seat.

[Update: Due to technical difficulties, some of the links to other articles on this page disappeared. They have been restored for this version of the piece. 2:01 p.m.]

pablo February 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
But, who will show us how to pack our kids lunches?
Buck Farack February 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Paul, have you seen the past three years under Obama? Things were much better under Bush Cheney & Obama has certainly had his opportunity to fix things and has failed miserably. Reagan was a leader, Obama is an incompetent blamer.
Tisiphone February 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Where is the "investigative reporting"? Here is a completely inexperienced guy, even in terms of life experience. He moves from his grandmother's basement in Cambridge to Brookline, in order to qualify for the seat. The newspapers obligingly call him a "Brookline Democrat"!
The Shill February 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The Republican Party tries to claim the Reagan mantle but has moved so far to the right that it now inhabits its own parallel universe. On the planet that today's GOP leaders call home, Reagan would qualify as one of those big-government, tax-and-spend liberals who are trying so hard to destroy the American way of life. Some Republicans, I suppose, might be so enraptured by the Reagan legend that they are unaware of his actual record. I hate to break it to Sarah Palin, but Reagan raised taxes. Often. Sometimes by a lot. When he took office as governor of California in 1967, the state faced a huge budget deficit. Reagan promptly raised taxes by $1 billion - at a time when the entire state budget amounted to just $6 billion. It was then the biggest state tax increase in history. During Reagan's eight years in Sacramento, the top state income tax rate increased from 7 percent to 11 percent. Business and sales taxes also soared
paul February 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Experience, what does that matter? Barney Frank was in for over 30 years, people still voted for him after he hooked his boyfriend up with a Fannie Mae job. Kennedy will win by a landslide, this is Massachusetts! I would bet what's left of downtown Attleboro that Kennedy will be our next Representative.

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