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Republican opponents join together for 10th Worcester seat

By Christopher Gavin, Milford Daily News Staff

Two would-be opponents seeking the Republican nomination for the 10th Worcester District state representative seat have joined forces in an effort, they say, that better positions the party for a win against Democratic incumbent Brian Murray.

The Sept. 4 primary ballot will include Hopedale Republican Sandra Biagetti but not Milford resident Mike Soares, who suspended his campaign this week to instead become Biagetti’s campaign manager.

“We knew that a primary would not be beneficial to the eventual nominee, so we had a discussion about each other’s strengths and decided that having Sandra as the candidate and myself as the campaign manager was the best way to move forward,” Soares, who was traveling Wednesday, said in a statement.

The announcement comes after Biagetti and Soares, both frustrated by a Statehouse vote last year to increase state lawmaker stipends and other issues, said this winter they would seek the seat later this year.

Biagetti, a sitting member of Hopedale’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board and a former town selectwoman, faced Murray - a Milford selectman seeking his first term at the time - for the same seat in 2016.

In an interview Wednesday, she said she and Soares decided together that she would run with Soares’ help after discussing each of their strengths and weaknesses.

He served on Biagetti’s campaign two years ago as a volunteer who took on a variety of tasks, Biagetti said. At the time, she was seeking a victory without prior experience of how to run a state representative campaign and was still able to garner 46 percent of the vote, she said.
The two, with that under their belts, are stronger united than on their own, she said.

“I tell you: the both of us together, we’re a pretty strong force and we are very, very confident that we can actually win this seat. We are both totally committed and we work very, very hard.”

Biagetti and Soares are in lock step with the issues, according to Biagetti, who reiterated Wednesday her opposition to both a Murray-sponsored bill to increase the number of tolls across the state and to sanctuary cities.

“Ultimately, Sandra and I had the same goal to put someone in office that was going to represent the interests of the people of the 10th Worcester and not just the interests of his or her party,” Soares said in his statement. “When you look at Brian Murray’s voting record, what’s apparent is that he is there to support (state House of Representatives) Speaker (Robert) DeLeo and his agenda.”

The 10th Worcester District spans Milford, Hopedale, Mendon and one precinct in Medway.

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