BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley become the first person to declare candidacy for a special election that will determine who will replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.
The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Coakley picked up nomination papers from the Secretary of State's Office. A primary is being held Dec. 8, and a general election in January.
Kennedy passed away Aug. 25 and had been in office since 1962.
Coakley, 56, has been the state's attorney general since 2007 and has also been a district attorney. She received her law degree from Boston University.
The Globe report adds that Coakley must collect 10,000 signatures to become eligible for the Democratic primary.
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