LOWELL -- Another former Lowell mayor has jumped into the race to succeed Eileen Donoghue as senator from the 1st Middlesex District: Bill Martin
"Throughout my public and professional careers I have worked to improve economic opportunity for people in Greater Lowell, and I look forward to continuing that work in the Massachusetts State Senate," said Martin.
Martin's announcement comes on the same day Donoghue officially resigned from the Senate. Also Wednesday, Donoghue was sworn in as Lowell's first female city manager.
Martin served as the mayor in 2006-'07, and as a city councilor from 2000 to 2016. Martin also served as chairman of the Conservation Commission prior to his election as a city councilor.
Martin, a lawyer, said what distinguishes him from other candidates is his life experience, in both the public sector and in his professional career working to create job opportunities for local residents.
"I have been involved in almost every significant private development that has occurred in Lowell over the past 10 years," Martin said. "I have been fortunate to represent clients who see value in investing in our communities and been part of teams that have made things happen."
In addition to his private practice work, Martin said as mayor and as councilor he provided crucial votes to advance the Hamilton Canal District, fund education, improve parking and infrastructure, and bring companies like Markley Group to Lowell.
"The Massachusetts economy is thriving right now, but it is not thriving for everybody, and as a state senator I'll work to see that the 1st Middlesex District attracts its fair share of economic opportunities," he said.
In addition to advancing economic opportunity, Martin said he plans to work on funding for education, the cost of housing, transportation and infrastructure, and opioid addiction.
Martin, 56, is a partner in the Lowell law firm Eno, Martin and Donahue; previously he was an attorney at Wilmer Hale and a law clerk at the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
He is a life-long Lowell resident where he lives with his wife, Martha, and their three children.
Besides Lowell, the district includes Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tynsgboro and Westford.
Besides Martin, the Democratic field includes John Drinkwater, legislative director for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO; City Councilor/former mayor Rodney Elliott; City Councilor/former mayor Edward Kennedy; and Westford School Committee Chairman Terry Ryan. Ryan ended his candidacy for the 3rd District congressional seat last week to run for Senate.
The lone Republican candidate is Lowell's John MacDonald.