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Coakley backs Katherine Clark in bid for Markey’s seat

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian (from left), then-Congressman Edward Markey, and State Senator Katherine Clark attended an April campaign event in Arlington during the special election. Markey went on to win the seat vacated by John Kerry when he became Secretary of State.

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Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian (from left), then-Congressman Edward Markey, and State Senator Katherine Clark attended an April campaign event in Arlington during the special election. Markey went on to win the seat vacated by John Kerry when he became Secretary of State.

State Senator Katherine Clark, who hopes to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives, will have the backing of an important statewide figure when she kicks off her campaign on Saturday. The Melrose Democrat will be joined by Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is endorsing her in the race for the open Fifth Congressional District seat.

“I have been proud to call Katherine Clark a colleague and a friend for many years. Katherine has the conviction to fight for what she believes in, and the ability to bring people together to get things done,” Coakley said in a statement released by the Clark campaign to the Globe. “That is why I endorsed her from the moment she got in this race, and why I believe she will be an outstanding United States Congresswoman.”

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Earlier in her career, Clark served as Chief of the Policy Division in Coakley’s office. Clark first filed paperwork to run for Markey’s seat in February.

Coakley, a popular figure in the state, has said she is thinking about a gubernatorial run in 2014.

Clark is one of five declared Democratic contenders for the special election to fill the seat Markey left to become US Senator. The other candidates are: Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian of Waltham, state Senators Will Brownsberger of Belmont and Karen Spilka of Ashland, and state Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford. The primary is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2013.

The district runs from Winthrop to Woburn to Weston to Holliston. It is heavily Democratic so the winner of the primary will be a front-runner in the general election, which is set for Dec. 10, 2013.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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