Malden state rep. opts against run for reelection
State Representative Christopher Fallon, who fell short in a special election bid for state Senate earlier this year, has opted against running for reelection to his Malden seat.
A conservative Democrat who has been a member of the House since 1997, Fallon joins a long list of House and Senate members who have either resigned or announced they would not run for reelection after winning office in 2012.
Fallon declined to say why he chose not to run for reelection.
“I’m not really comfortable in talking about it, yet,” Fallon said.
“It’s a very dynamic situation right now, in a good way.”
Fallon lost a three-way primary for the Senate on March 5 to state Representative Jason Lewis, a liberal Democrat from Winchester, who went on to win the general election Tuesday.
Asked if his decision not to run had anything to do with the Senate loss, Fallon said, “I don’t think so. Ultimately, no.”
Fallon has been an occasional critic of the Patrick administration and crossed party lines to endorse former US Senator Scott Brown in his 2012 campaign against Elizabeth Warren.
An attorney and former member of the Malden School Committee, Fallon has also crossed the aisle on key votes.
Close to 30 members of the 160-member House who won seats in 2012 will not seek reelection this fall for a variety of reasons.
“Who’s next? You can line up behind me,” state Representative Carl Sciortino, a Medford Democrat, said in his farewell address Wednesday.
On Monday, Speaker Robert DeLeo joked to reporters that he is becoming a “professional” at scheduling special elections, though he is not scheduling any more of them this year.