Philips quits job to campaign full time

Ted Philips has quit his job as a legislative aide to devote full time to campaigning for a vacant state Senate seat.

Philips, a Sharon Democrat, said Thursday is his last day as an aide to state Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Stoughton.

“I’m all in. I’m going to leave it all on the field,” he said of his campaign.

The move not only gives Philips more time to campaign, but it lifts restrictions he would have had as a state employee.

State employees cannot directly raise money. Philips was having others do it for him.

Philips, 34, is in a two-way race in the Sept. 19 Democratic special primary with former Foxboro selectman Paul Feeney for the seat formerly held by Sen. James Timilty, D-Walpole, who resigned.

There are three Republicans running in that party’s primary — Tim Hempton of Walpole, Michael Berry of Walpole, and Jacob Ventura of Attleboro.

Independents Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield and Janet Kennedy of Foxboro are also running.

The district includes the local communities of Norton, Mansfield, Foxboro, Seekonk, Rehoboth, and Walpole, as well as portions of Attleboro, Sharon, and Medfield.

Source: The Sun Chronicle

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