Amherst’s David Morin drops write-in campaign for state Senate seat

  • David Morin of Amherst is shown in May 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He dropped out of the race for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District seat in the state Senate on Tuesday. 

Published: 7/4/2018 10:51:13 AM

NORTHAMPTON — David Morin has dropped out of the race for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District seat in the state Senate.

Morin was running a write-in campaign to fill the vacant seat left by former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst, a 27-year incumbent who resigned from the post in early May.

Morin’s withdrawal leaves five other candidates for the seat: Chelsea Kline, the only candidate on the Sept. 4 Democratic primary ballot, and write-in candidates Steven Connor, Ryan O’Donnell, Jo Comerford and David Murphy.

Morin, of Amherst, could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday morning.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Morin explained that he was surprised when former U.S. Rep. John Olver endorsed Comerford outside Amherst Town Hall last week. Olver, who held the Senate seat before Rosenberg, said at the time, “Now that Stan has resigned, I want to make sure the people continue to be well represented… And I see only one candidate who is up to that job.”

“I have no doubt whatsoever about my senatorial abilities and I know myself better than any politician or anyone else for that matter,” Morin stated. “However, due to my extreme respect for Congressman Olver in particular, I am withdrawing from the race for Senator from the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester District.”

A graduate assistant with the faculty senate at UMass Amherst, Morin has been involved with the Democratic Party for around a decade. Originally from Springfield, he became active in state politics after drafting a bill with Springfield legislators in response to what he said was a personal experience of police brutality in 2010.

He served on the Agawam Democratic Committee from 2009 to 2016, held various positions in the Pioneer Valley Young Democrats, interned twice with Obama’s re-election campaign and was on the board of directors for the Young Democrats of Massachusetts from 2010 to 2014.

“I thank the people of the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester District and especially my family and friends for their support and encouragement,” Morin wrote in his statement.

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