Kennedy and Bielat to Face off for Fourth Congressional District Seat

Kennedy and Bielat both had huge victories in the district.

After months of campaigning across a large and newly redrawn district, the pool of Fourth Congressional District candidates has officially been whittled down from six to two. 

Democrat Joe Kennedy III and Republican Sean Bielat will be the two names on the November ballot for the Fourth Congressional District, according to reports from the Associated Press. 

Despite the low voter turnout, Kennedy had a landslide victory against his two opponents, Rachel Brown and Herb Robinson, taking more than 90 percent of the vote according to AP reports.  

"Tonight, I am honored to accept the Democratic nomination for the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts," Kennedy said in an emailed statement. 

"First and foremost, I’d like to thank the more than 3,000 volunteers who made tonight possible. Together we knocked on over 40,000 doors, made nearly 175,000 phone calls, held over 200 events across the Fourth District and built an organization that can't be matched. And we’re just getting started," Kennedy said.

Kennedy is a former assistant district attorney for the Cape and Islands as well as Middlesex County. He is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, who represented the Eighth Congressional District from 1987-1999.

And for the second time in two years, voters will see Sean Bielat's name on the ballot for the Fourth District; the Norfolk Republican ran against Barney Frank in 2010. 

Bielat, a former U.S. Marine, managed to defeat fellow Republicans Elizabeth Childs and David Steinhof with more than 70 percent of the vote, the AP reported. 

The winner of November's Fourth District race will replace veteran Congressman Barney Frank. The 16-term Democrat . 

Shortly after Frank's announcement, names started flying around with potential replacements and at one point, the race had as many as nine potential candidates. 

Bielat announced his candidacy in January,

Launching his campaign in February, Kennedy was the last candidate to enter the race, before the official announcement. 

Fourth District voters will determine their next congressman during the general election on Nov. 6, 2012.

Jerry Chase September 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Ken is right. I hold Obama responsible for the ambassador's death.
Jonathan Friedman September 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Jerry, could you please expand on that accusation?
Gretchen Robinson September 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
at 10PM as more information is coming out. The killings in Benghazi were part of a concerted attack, not part of a protest (as in Egypt). If Romney had just waited, if Romney had just expressed condolences, and support for the nation as it goes through this together, he'd have avoided this massive misstep. Romney ill-served his campaign and he ill-served this country. It WAS a serious mistake and does he have the right temperament and the right character. I could see that even when he was government, that Romney is shallow, to put it as inoffensively as I can. Now the world sees it.
Richard W. Lunt September 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Romney showed the guts to stand up the Muslims that attacked our U.S. Embassy on the anniversary of 9/11. That is the kind of leader that we need for our country, not a President who apologizes to the Muslim thugs who killed our U.S. Ambassador.
Jerry Chase September 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The current president is ultimately responsible because the security at the Bengazi consulate was greatly insufficient, and that the few security people there were not allowed to have live ammunition. Look how Obama just walks away from reporters' questions on the matter. The president is the chief officer in charge of our military and our state departments. He carelessly failed to do his duty. A properly secured consultate or embassy would have been equipped to protect the Americans within.


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