The special election race to replace Sen. James Timilty has not begun yet, but it has its first candidate.
Ted Philips, 33, a Democrat from Sharon, said Monday he is definitely running to fill the seat Timility is vacating to become Norfolk County Treasurer.
Timilty, D-Walpole, will give up the Senate seat he has held since 2005 on April 28 and assume the $124,000 county job.
A special election will have to be held to pick a new senator, but a vacancy has not officially been declared yet and a date for the special election has not been set.
Timilty said he suspected the special election would be held sometime in September.
Philips said he will definitely run and will make a formal announcement some time soon.
He said Timilty has done an excellent job and he wants to continue that work.
An aide to state Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Sharon, Philips said his priorities will include advocating for more action to address the state’s opiate crisis and getting more state aid for local school districts.
The state is not giving local schools enough aid to keep up with the rising costs of operations, he said.
Married with no children, Philips is a lifelong resident of Sharon. He graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a master’s in public administration from Suffolk University.
He said he knows Republicans are gunning for the seat, but believes he is up to the challenge.
Among the Republicans who are considering a run are state Reps. Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield and Steven Howitt, R-Seekonk, along with former Walpole Selectman Michael Berry.
Source: The Sun Chronicle