From Sentinel and Enterprise
LEOMINSTER -- At-large City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir submitted nomination papers with the city clerk's office on Tuesday with enough signatures to qualify her for this fall's state Senate race against incumbent Dean Tran.
The race will serve as a rematch between the politicians, who squared off in December's special election.
"I'm grateful for the support of voters throughout North Central Massachusetts who support my candidacy," Chalifoux Zephir said in a statement released Tuesday. "I'm running for the Senate because the people of our region need good-paying jobs that provide a future for their families. They need better access to affordable healthcare. Our children need investments in their schools and the programs that prepare them for the future."
Chalifoux Zephir had won last year's Democratic primary by a healthy margin, but had been unable to gain enough momentum to surpass Tran, the Republican candidate, during the general election. She ultimately fell 607 votes behind, placing her second in a four-candidate race.
If elected to the Worcester and Middlesex Senate District, Chalifoux Zephir would not only represent Leominster, but also Fitchburg, Berlin, Bolton, Gardner, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Townsend, Sterling, Westminster, and precincts 1 and 2 of Clinton.