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Steve Tompkins returns to race for state Democratic Party chairman

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, who suspended his bid for state Democratic Party chairman after his wife fell terminally ill, said Monday he was reactivating his campaign.

Suzanne Tompkins passed away Oct. 8 due to complications from systemic lupus, Tompkins wrote in a note to state committee members set to be sent Monday night.

“Words cannot express my gratitude for the support that the members of this body have shown me and my family throughout the last week,” Tompkins wrote.

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The email, which included a five-page plan to strengthen the party chairmanship, comes as Democratic activists consider their votes weeks before the Nov. 14 election at a state committee meeting.

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“If I’m elected to serve as the Chair of our Party, I pledge to you that we will work together to leave a legacy that all Massachusetts Democrats can be proud of,” Tompkins wrote. “Accordingly, I am asking for your vote and your belief that by working together that we can make a difference.”

Two other Democrats, longtime party operative Gus Bickford and 2014 lieutenant governor nominee Stephen J. Kerrigan, are also seeking the post. The current chair, Lynn state Senator Thomas McGee, said last month he would not run for a second term in the party post.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.