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Blogger to run for Jack Hart’s state Senate seat

Maureen Dahill


Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill, cofounder of the Caught in Southie blog, says she is running for the state Senate seat vacated by Jack Hart of South Boston.

“I pulled the papers yesterday, but I’ll make the official announcement sometime Monday,” Dahill said Friday after­noon.

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Dahill, who has never run for public office, is the cofounder of the local style blog Caught in Southie and holds degrees from Boston College and Emerson College.

“I feel like I’m a refreshing alternative,” said Dahill. “I feel I can do this job, and I believe I have the edge because I’m a political outsider.”

She is the third person to declare candidacy for the seat, along with state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, and state Representative Nick ­Collins, a South Boston Democrat.

A special election will be held May 28, following a primary April 30.

The First Suffolk includes South Boston, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

Hart resigned earlier this month to take a job at a law firm. He was elected to the House in 1996 and to the ­Senate in 2002.

Before Hart, the seat was held by Stephen F. Lynch, now a US representative, from 1996 to 2001, and by William M. Bulger from 1971 to 1996.

Dahill let her intentions be known earlier this week in a post on her blog titled “The ­rumors are true.’’

“Maureen Dahill is running,’’ it said. “Here’s the scoop, Senator Jack Hart resigned, which vacates the First Suffolk District State Senate seat. I am now running for that spot. Exciting, right? Expect a full formal announcement on Monday.’’

Dahill says she is 43, married to a Boston firefighter, the mother of three children, is the lead stylist at Rue La La, and an “excellent dancer.’’

Patrick D. Rosso can be reached at patrick.d.rosso@
. Follow him on Twitter @PDRosso.
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