There are seven Democrats seeking to be the next state representative in the 7th Norfolk District, which includes portions of Milton and Randolph.
MILTON – A crowded field of seven Democrats are running for the open 7th Norfolk District House seat in Thursday’s primary election.
With no Republican or Independent on the Nov. 8 ballot, the winner of the primary is a virtual lock to hold the seat come November.
The seat has been held for the past 18 years by Walter Timilty, who is running for the state senate.
The district is made up of portions of Milton and Randolph, and two of the candidates live in Randolph and five in Milton. There has not been a Randolph resident in the state Legislature for 36 years.
Jason Adams, 27, is the president of the Randolph Town Council and a third-year student at Boston College Law School.
Education is Adams’ top priority, and he wants to see more fairness in the state aid formula for schools.
“It defines property values, but it determines the opportunities our children will have in the future,” Adams said of local schools.
James Burgess, 47, is a member of the Randolph Town Council, a former selectman and has held other offices during his three decades in town government. He sees serving in the Legislature as an opportunity to continue that work.
Burgess said his priority “bringing resources back to Milton and Randolph” from the state and federal governments.
Bill Driscoll, 33, of Milton, said he has gained a wealth of experience working at all levels of government through his job as executive director of a non-profit agency specializing in disaster relief.
“I have a strong record of putting others first,” he said.
Driscoll supports additional prevention efforts and expanded treatment options to deal with the opioid crisis.
Tony Farrington, 40, of Milton is a lawyer making his first bid for state office. Farrington said his experience working on issues at the State House for Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti and for the state’s sheriffs’ association would be an advantage as a legislator.
“It’s a relationship business,” said Farrington, who pledged to be a full-time legislator.
Kerby Roberson, 58, is a lawyer and a former member of the Milton warrant committee. Roberson, who emigrated from Haiti 35 years ago, notes that he is the only candidate who has lived in both towns in the district.
“I want to make a difference in the district and bring new people into the system,” Roberson said. “There needs to be new voices and new ideas.
Denise Swenson, 48, of Milton is a television producer and the president of the Friends of the Blue Hills.
Swenson said she is running because “we need a fresh perspective, a new way of looking at things.”
Swenson said she has been successful in building coalitions for causes such a preserving the Blue Hills and fighting Lyme disease.
Michael Zullas, 52, is a lawyer and a former member of the Milton school and warrant committees.
Zullas said he would bring to the Legislature the experience he’s gained on education issues as well as in his legal career, which includes working as a prosecutor for the state attorney general’s office.
“What differentiates me is my record of service and success,” Zullas said.