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Chelsea residents will go to the polls on March 4 to select whom will represent them in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Chelsea has been very fortunate to have excellent representation in the Legislature through the years, notably over the past two decades when Attorney Eugene O’Flaherty so commendably served in the House and rose to a position of leadership and prestige. And so, too, Kathi Ann Reinstein, who became a great friend to Chelsea and carried on the excellent tradition of  public service of her father, former State Rep. and Revere Mayor, the late William Reinstein.

With Gene taking a position as the corporation counsel for the City of Boston and working in a key position with his former House colleague and now Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Kathi taking a administrative position in business, Chelsea has two important choices to make on March 4.

Candidates Roy Avellaneda, Dan Ryan, and Chris Remmes seeking the seat that has been held by Eugene O’Flaherty while Attorney Josh Monahan, Linda Santos Rosa, and RoseLee Vincent are seeking the seat that has been held by Kathi Ann Reinstein. There is one candidate in the Republican primary, Todd Taylor, will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election on April 1.

We ask in the remaining primary election campaign that you pay close attention to the candidates’ messages and vote in this important election to Chelsea’s future.

We remember some of the great state representatives in Chelsea’s past – from the late Andrew P. Quigley, who also served this city as mayor, state senator, and School Committee member, to former Mayor, Hugh McLaughlin, the charismatic Bobby Donovan, and the former House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Voke, who was such a strong advocate for this city and helped lead the effort that resulted in the construction of the Jordan Boys and Girls Club.

We know whomever emerges as our next state representatives, they will continue this tradition of dedicated leadership and working hard for the best interests of all Chelsea residents.

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