Five Submit Required Signatures for U.S. Senate Race

Congressmen Ed Markey (left) and Stephen Lynch (right), the two Democratic candidates so far for the Senate seat vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry, will face off in a primary on April 30.

Two Democrats and three Republicans submitted the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate, according to the Boston Globe.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Malden) and Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) each filed more than double the 10,000 certified signatures required. Markey led the way with nearly 34,000 signatures, while Lynch had just over 25,000.

On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan filed nearly 19,000 signatures, followed by former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset at almost 17,000 and state Rep. Daniel Winslow of Norfolk at more than 13,000.

Those totals only include those signatures submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures.

Both primaries are scheduled for April 30. The special election is set for June 25.

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