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Race to succeed Walsh expands to five candidates

Three new candidates have officially jumped into the race to succeed Martin J. Walsh in the state House of Representatives, expanding to five the field vying for the Dorchester-anchored seat, which includes some of Boston’s most politically active neighborhoods.

Liam Curran, an attorney for city’s Workers’ Compensation Service, and PJ McCann, assistant general counsel for the Boston Public Health Commission, both filed paperwork with the state late last week to run for the 13th Suffolk District.

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Today, Gene Gorman, a lecturer at Emerson College, officially got in the race.

Curran, 33, a former laborer and a lifelong Dorchester resident, said he grew up with nine siblings and his family did not have it easy. He said he got by with the help of people in his neighborhood and felt called to give back.

“Nothing would mean more to me than being able to help out my neighbors and my community,” said Curran. “There’s no place I’d rather give back to than Dorchester,”

Gorman, 42, said he had been deeply involved in the community since his family moved to Dorchester in 2005 and wanted to take the next step.

“I just see the state representative as someone who is about bringing people together in the district who might otherwise not sit down at the same table,” he said.

McCann, 30, said he would emphasize a message of economic opportunity during his campaign.

“We need an advocate in the state legislature that has the skills and experience to make sure that prosperity and opportunity is available to all,” he said.

Already in the race: Dan Hunt, former director of government affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Tony T. Dang, an MBTA Transit Police officer and Vietnamese-American community activist.

All the candidates in the race so far are Democrats.

The primary election for the heavily Democratic district, which runs from near the JFK/UMass MBTA station to Walsh’s home base of Savin Hill to the Neponset neighborhood and also includes a tiny part of Quincy, is set for March 4. The general election is April 1.

Walsh resigned his seat to become mayor which prompted the special elections.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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