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Mayor’s economic development chief considers bid for state Senate

John Barros, the mayor’s chief of economic development, is seriously considering running for the state Senate seat that Linda Dorcena Forry will vacate.
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John Barros, the mayor’s chief of economic development, is seriously considering running for the state Senate seat that Linda Dorcena Forry will vacate.

John Barros, the mayor’s chief of economic development, is seriously considering running for the state Senate seat that Linda Dorcena Forry will vacate, according to someone with knowledge of his thinking.

Barros, who lives in Uphams Corner, had yet to make a decision as of Friday morning. But he is considering jumping into the race to represent the First Suffolk District, which also includes South Boston, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

When asked, Barros declined to confirm he was seeking the seat.

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Dorcena Forry announced Thursday that she would step down from her Senate seat for a leadership role with Suffolk Construction.

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As the state Senate’s sole black member, Dorcena Forry’s departure raised concerns about the loss of a powerful voice on Beacon Hill for people of color.

Other potential candidates include state Representative Nick Collins of South Boston, who narrowly lost the seat to Dorcena Forry in a 2013 special election; City Councilor Ayanna Pressley; and state Representative Evandro Carvalho.

Akilah Johnson can be reached at akilah.johnson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @akjohnson1922.