State Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston announced tonight he won't be running for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop just gave up to become head of a biotech industry group.
The move might make it easier for City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who is also from East Boston. She is up for re-election as councilor this fall, which means that should she win the rest of Boncore's term in a special election, the city would have to hold a special election to replace her on the council.
In a series of tweets, Madaro spoke of the work he still wants to do in the legislature, but said he really didn't want to spend so much of his time away from his wife and their new son to run for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex district:
Last week, while on a family trip with limited cell phone reception, I unplugged for the first time in over two months and was holding my son Matteo when it hit me. I hadn't spent any real time with him in the weeks I was considering the run for state senate.
I was all in for this race, and that meant not being present for my son in the way that I wanted to be. I overestimated my ability to carve out family time and began missing out on too much with Matteo, who is changing so quickly.
Being a 1st time dad w/ a 4 month old, I now see that I can't be “all in” for a campaign, my full-time job representing you in the House & my family, all at the same time. I want to be a reliable partner to my wife & be present for Matteo.
I am deeply committed to the community that raised me. I love serving as the state rep for East Boston & there’s still much more to accomplish in this role. I can do this job well, while also being the father & husband my family deserves.
Public service is about helping others and making a positive difference, and those are goals I can continue to work towards as your state representative.
I love my family and I love my community. While this was a difficult decision, I know it is the right thing to do.