I am currently a candidate for State Senate in the 2d Suffolk and Middlesex District seat vacated by Senator Tolman. In the special election to be held on December 13, I will be competing for the votes of the existing district, which includes North and West Cambridge, Belmont, Watertown, Brighton and parts of Allston and Back Bay. If elected, I will serve that district from January 2012 to January 2013. In the Fall of 2012, I will need to be reelected in the new 2d Suffolk and Middlesex District which loses its Cambridge precincts and picks up more of Back Bay.
The House district that I currently serve, the 24th Middlesex District, will continue to include all of Belmont and several precincts in Arlington and Cambridge. However, apparently to accommodate population shifts in other towns, the district swings around from Cambridge towards Arlington — it loses precincts 10-3 and 11-2 in Cambridge (keeping 11-1 and 11-3), and gains precincts 8, 10, 12, 14 in Arlington (while keeping precinct 4 and losing precinct 2).
Both the House District and the Senate District changed more than I expected them to. I am saddened by the prospect that in 2013, I would cease to officially represent friends in Cambridge (whether as state representative or as state senator), but I look forward to continuing all of the friendships and collaborative relationships that we have built, regardless of district boundaries.
The maps are not quite final and it will be interesting to hear public reactions to the maps across the state — locally and across the state.