UPDATE: Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. -- State Rep. Dan Winslow tells Fox25 Boston he is officially in the race for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry last week.
Winslow, who represents the Ninth Norfolk District which includes Medfield, is the first Republican to join the race.
"I'm in this to win this; I'm going to give this race everything I have with everything I've got," he said, noting he will use $100,000 of his own money and raise the needed $4 to $6 million to win the race. "This is a big reach for us, a heavy lift, but we have to do it and we have to do it fast."
Winslow said he has resigned his job as an attorney and is in the race 110 percent.
"I've got to do this with every inch of my body and every ounce of my being to try to get this done for Massachusetts and give them a good choice at the polls," he said.
He also offered storms tips to Massachusetts residents as they prepare for Blizzard 2013.
Original story, Feb. 6, 2013
Winslow, 54, represents the Ninth Norfolk District which includes Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, and Wrentham. He lives in Norfolk.
Winslow said he will decide shortly if he will run.
Winslow's Facebook page on Tuesday to try to convince him to jump in the race. Comments included:
- Go for it [Jeff]
- I'm ready to get 1000 signatures for you in Stoneham & Winchester [George]
- The independent voters will see your sincerity and commitment to represent our state. You are not one of the good ole boy network. [Jim]
- Dan, I'm an independent and I'm looking for a Republican with a backbone. Start collecting the signatures. Do it. [Casey]
- a proud father agrees with [Jim] --go for it son
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