By Meredith McCulloch
Ken Gordon has become the first Bedford resident to join the race for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 21St Middlesex District. He joins two Burlington Democratic candidates, David Fionda and Virginia Mooney, in the race. The election calendar dictates that the only name on the primary ballot will be Charles Murphy, who has said he will not accept the nomination. Therefore competing candidates must run a write-in or sticker campaign, in an effort to win nomination. (Click for additional information that was recently posted in The Citizen.)
Gordon has practiced law for over 21 years and now focuses on employment law, assisting clients who have experienced workplace discrimination. He has lived in Bedford since 1991 with his wife and son. He is currently vice-chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals and is Chair of the Bedford Cultural Council. Click here to read Gordon’s campaign biography or here to visit Gordon’s website.
Gordon says he had thought about entering the race for some time, but only recently concluded that he can reduce his client obligations sufficiently to make the State Representative duties a priority.
Good catch. My mistake. She was from Burlington too.
Great news.. but SHAME ON CHARLEY MURPHY… had he notified his constituents, i.e. his boss, that he would not seek re-election, this would have been a primary with names on ballot. Now, Dem party insiders will ultimately choose the nominee since Murphy will still get most votes. Murphy and political operatives likely won’t pick an outsider like Gordon. Time to shake things up, so Gordon is welcome addition and candidate, and if not, maybe have an R since won’t be bullied by the Speaker and party insiders. The last state rep from Bedford was Rebublican (Brenton).
Small semantic update: While Marianne Brenton was indeed a Republican representing Bedford, she was from Burlington.
So pick up a Democratic ballot on Sept. 6 and vote for Ken! If he wins the primary then it won’t go to caucus. (FYI, if Murphy wins the primary and it does go to a caucus then the nominee will be picked by representatives from the Burlington, Bedford, and Wilmington Democratic Town Committees not by Murphy or people on Beacon Hill.)
Chris, the problem is that individuals on the Town Political Committees are the most unrepresentative of the mainstream voter. Best decision not given to them.
People on town Party committees are extreme activists that comprise the fringe (lunatic?) of either political party. If the decision goes to them, they will pick the most politically connected partisan ideolog. If voters decide, it is better. Voting for Gordon is good idea, but afraid Murphy still gets most votes.
This year at the the Democrate State Convention, the same town committee activists maneuvered to prevent Marissa Defranco from simply getting on the ballot to compete with Elizabeth Warren in a Senate primary.
Murphy really hurt his constituents with the late withdrawal. Too bad, it was not Tierney instead who dropped out due to his questionable character and corruption connection.
So happy to hear that Ken Gordon is running…he is honest, dedicated, and will work diligently for us all. I support him entirely.
Go Ken!! Write in? Right on! The Commonwealth will be lucky and acting in its extreme self interest to secure you as a representative. Get me a sign and tell me where to stand, and send us an invite to the victory party!