"Ashland Democrat Sen. Karen Spilka, the lead budget writer for the Senate, has emerged from a crowded but fluid field of Democrats interested in becoming the next Senate president to seize the mantle a full nine months before senators were expected to choose their next leader.
Spilka, the chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, has the support of more than 25 of her current colleagues, according to a source close to the senator.
One of those Democratic supporters is Sen. Sal DiDomenico, an assistant majority leader form Everett who was one of Spilka’s main rivals for the president. The two senators met on Wednesday, and DiDomenico agreed to support Spilka and ask his own supporters to back her candidacy as well.
“I’m deeply honored by the support I’ve received from my fellow Senators. I look forward to working collaboratively with Senate President (Harriette) Chandler and my Democratic and Republican colleagues to ensure a smooth transition,” Spilka said in a statement."
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|Left to right: Sen Ross, Rep Roy, Sen Spilka and Delegate Ladybug (from the FM archives 2015)|
“Senators have made clear that they want certainty in leadership to allow us to focus solely on the vitally important work to be done on behalf of the people at this time. It’s time to turn the page and usher in a new era of collaborative leadership in the Senate.” #mapoli https://t.co/rHcLORJsI5— Karen Spilka (@KarenSpilka) March 21, 2018
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