The Boston Globe has the story Mass. state Sen. Brewer to retire at end of term.
One of the state’s most influential legislators has decided not to seek re-election.
Sen. Stephen Brewer, a Democrat from Barre (BA’-ree), says he will leave office when his current term ends next January.
Brewer chairs the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for developing the Senate version of the annual state budget.
The area that Brewer represented, which includes Sturbridge, is hardly a bastion of strong, progressive, Democratic politics. In fact, I have heard it said that about 22 of the towns in his district have a habit of supporting Republicans for state and national offices.
Now is the time, or is it way past time, to start looking for a strong Democrat from this area to run in the election to replace the outgoing Sen. Stephen Brewer.
I have already received a call from an activist in Wales who is pushing hard on this search. Hopefully the Democrats in Sturbridge and other surrounding towns will join together to find and promote such a candidate.
I am no politician, but I have a few contacts that I can help put together with each other to make this happen. Let me know if you are interested in participating.