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Middlesex Sheriff eyeing Markey’s US House seat

May 23, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has opened a congressional campaign committee account as he eyes a run for the U.S. House if Congressman Edward Markey wins the state’s special U.S. Senate election.

A victory by Markey over his Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez on June 25 would spark another special election for Markey’s House seat.

Koutoujian, a Democrat, began his career as a prosecutor before being elected to the Massachusetts House representing Waltham, Watertown and Newton. He was appointed sheriff in January 2011 by Gov. Deval Patrick.

During his tenure on Beacon Hill, Koutoujian served as chairman of the committees on Healthcare, Public Health and Financial Services.

Others eyeing Markey’s seat including Ashland state Sen. Karen Spilka and Reps. Katherine Clark of Melrose, Carl Sciortino of Medford and William Brownsberger of Belmont.

All four are Democrats.

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