State Representative Nick Collins of South Boston announced Friday that he will run to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat being vacated by Linda Dorcena Forry.
“I am ready to be that leader. Our district is one of the most culturally diverse in the state, and my vision, passion, and experience will deliver results that will improve the quality of life for every neighborhood,’’ said Collins in a statement.
Collins said that since Dorcena Forry’s abrupt departure, he has been talking with his wife, Olivia, his family, and residents in the district. He said he heard a familiar theme from residents who said they want “a new leader who will listen and work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in our community.” He said they also want someone who knows the neighborhoods, will improve education and transportation systems, and can address the opioid epidemic.
“Today, I will file nomination papers to be your next state senator,’’ said Collins, who narrowly lost a Democratic primary to Dorcena Forry five years ago. “I would be honored to represent you in the Senate and hope we have an opportunity to speak soon.”
Collins enters the race as the slate of candidates for the post begins to take shape. State Representatives Russell Holmes and Dan Cullinane both announced Thursday they would not run.
But a likely contender is state Representative Evandro Carvalho, a Dorchester lawyer.
“I am very strongly considering it,’’ Carvalho said, adding that he will make a decision early next week.
Dorcena Forry, the highest-ranking elected black official in Massachusetts, resigned last month, midway through her two-year term, to take a job with Suffolk Construction Co., stunning the Democratic establishment and creating a scramble for her successor in the First Suffolk Senate district.
The district stretches from Mattapan north to the Seaport and includes South Boston and Dorchester. Holmes said 67 percent of the district’s population are people of color.