Murphy drops out of race for Rosenberg’s seat


Staff Writer
Published: 8/1/2018 9:09:28 PM

David J. Murphy, an attorney who re-located to his old hometown of Amherst to run for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate, has left the race.

“I no longer see a path to victory,” Murphy said Monday night.

Murphy, 47, cited logistical and financial reasons for halting his campaign, as well as a recent motorcycle accident injury that is preventing him from doing door-to-door campaigning.

Murphy’s departure leaves four candidates competing for the seat in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. Of those candidates, only women’s rights advocate and educator Chelsea Kline of Northampton is on the ballot. The three remaining write-in candidates are Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell, Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor of Northampton and former campaign director Jo Comerford of Northampton. The Senate seat was formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stanley C. Rosenberg,

Murphy, who moved to Amherst recently from Newton, said that he entered the race to give voters a choice.

“This campaign was never about me,” he said, adding that it was about finding the best advocate on Beacon Hill for the people of the district.

Murphy spent much of his professional career working for politicians including Mario Cuomo, Deval Patrick and Ted Kennedy. He said to get that experience, he had to leave the area where he grew up.

“I couldn’t have done those things from Amherst,” he said.

However, Murphy said that not having lived and worked in the area for the past couple of decades, like some of his opponents had, put him at a disadvantage in the race.

“That has been an important factor in this race,” he said.

He also said that running for the seat and raising money had been more challenging than he expected.

“Experience doesn’t always win the day,” he said.

Murphy said he will stay in the area in an apartment he rented until the end of the primary campaign to assist other candidates. He said he has been impressed by Diana Szynal, who is running for the 1st Hampshire District in the House.

“I believe that she would be an outstanding representative,” said Murphy, who added that he would like to work for her election.

He said he would be backing and working for the election of a candidate in the Senate race as well, although he declined to say who at this point.

After the primary, Murphy said he plans to return to Newton where his fiancee lives. It is also closer to Natick, where his daughters attend school.


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