Rep. Joe Kennedy visits Springfield one day after announcing U.S. Senate bid

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s official. After nearly a month weighing the decision, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III announced on Saturday that he’s running for U.S. Senate.

The Democrat is vying to take the seat held by 73-year-old Ed Markey, who has already announced his bid for re-election. Kennedy held a private meeting at Roca in Springfield Sunday to talk about current challenges in the criminal justice system.

Kennedy is 35 years younger than Markey, a fellow Democrat who has served as senator for the last six years, and spent decades in the House of Representatives before that. Kennedy told 22News what he thinks makes him a different and better candidate then Markey.

“I’ve called for ending the electoral college, Senator Markey hasn’t,” said Kennedy said. “I believe much of the work is focused on an honest day’s work, means an honest day’s pay, and the ability to provide for a family. I look forward to having that discourse over the course of the campaign.”

Kennedy told 22News he’s focused on criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and improving transportation in Massachusetts. Kennedy also stopped in Pittsfield, Worcester, Attleboro, and New Bedford Sunday. He’ll face Ed Markey, as well as two other Democratic candidates, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton, in the state’s primary election in September of 2020.

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