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Fernandes Declines to Seek Re-Election to Sixth Term

Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, State Representative John Fernandes, D. Milford, announced on April 14 that he would not seek a sixth two-year term in this coming November's election. Up until the announcement, the 10-year veteran – who chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee – had been circulating his nomination papers in preparation for seeking the sixth term.

Fernandes, a Democrat who is 63 years old, told the Town Crier that the recent death of a family member brought home the fact that the state representative's position left him little time for a personal life. Between the demands of his local law practice and being a state lawmaker, he had little free time to mourn the relative's passing, he explained. "That's just wrong," he noted.

The district Fernandes represents encompasses Milford, Hopedale and Mendon and one voting precinct in Medway. With his announcement, potential candidates have only a little more than six months to make a decision on running, put together a campaign organization and run to succeed him.

Murray to Run for State

Rep Seat

By Kevin Rudden

Staff Reporter/Columnist

Newly re-elected Milford Selectman Brian Murray announced last week that he is taking out nomination papers and plans to run for the state representative's seat being vacated by John Fernandes.

The Tenth Worcester District encompasses Milford, Hopedale and Mendon and one voting precinct in Medway. With Milford the largest town in the district, traditionally, the state representative has come from it.

Murray told the Town Crier that he was surprised by incumbent John Fernandes' decision not to seek a sixth term but – after discussing the issue with his family – decided to run for the higher office.

Fattman's Statement on Fernandes's Retirement

State Senator Ryan Fattman, R. Webster released the following statement in response to State Rep. John Fernandes's announcement that he will not run for re-election in the fall "I want to congratulate John for his decades of service to the town of Milford, and the people of the 10th Worcester District. In the politically polarized world that we live in today, John and I have proved that people of different political parties and different ideologies can work together for the betterment of the people we represent, and enjoy doing so. I wish John and his wife Jennifer well as he steps back from public service. Looking ahead, I look forward to working toward a brighter, prosperous future for the people of Milford, Mendon, Hopedale and Medway with Governor Baker, and a future state representative dedicated to the principles we share: keeping taxes low to create jobs, stopping the incentives of illegal immigration, aiding families and helping end the opioid epidemic, and returning towns the local aid money they deserve."


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