UPDATED: Joseph Kennedy III to Announce Candidacy, Visit Newton

Sources say Kennedy will announce his candidacy in the morning, followed by a signature drive.

Updated 5:57 p.m. with information from the Kennedy campaign.

Although he's already leading in polls and gaining endorsements, Joseph Kennedy III has yet to officially enter the race for the Fourth Congressional District. 

But that will all change tomorrow.

In a press release issued Wednesday evening, Kennedy's campaign said he will offficially announce his candidacy tomorrow, Feb. 16. A video announcement will be posted on www.joekennedy2012.com in the morning. 

Following his announcement, Kennedy is set to make five stops in the district, starting in Newton. He is scheduled to appear at the Newton Centre MBTA stop at 7:45 a.m. 

After Newton, Kennedy will travel to Milford, Attleboro, Taunton and Fall River. 

“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government, but that’s not happening in America anymore,” Kennedy said in the press release. “I've spoken to people from across the 4th Congressional District - from Newton to Fall River - who believe that Washington no longer works for them. I will work hard to earn every vote and if elected bring that fight for fairness to the US Congress.”

In an email sent Wednesday morning, the Newton Democratic City Committee originally said Kennedy would make an appearance at the in Newton Centre tomorrow around 7 a.m. 

Kennedy will be back in Newton on Saturday to collect signatures for his campaign, the email said. He and a number of other candidates will be collecting signatures on Langley Road and at the  from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Kennedy formed an exploratory committee to look at the seat, which will be open following Barney Frank's retirement. He recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline and registered to vote in the Fourth District.

Along with Kennedy, Brookline Democrat Jules Levine and Newton Democrat Herb Robinson have also announced campaigns for the Fourth District seat. 

On the Republican side, we've got former Fourth District contender Sean Bielat, and Brookline School Committee member and Republican Elizabeth Childs has already announced she will run for the seat.

[Update: Due to technical difficulties, some of the links to other articles on this page disappeared. They have been restored for this version of the piece. 2:01 p.m.]


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