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Female Candidates Waiting in Massachusetts' Wings

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In the past five years, Massachusetts has elected two women, including Warren, to its congressional ranks, following a 25-year stint without a female member in the delegation.

Democrats also mentioned current at-large city council candidate Michelle Wu as a potential candidate in the 7th District. Wu is a Harvard Law graduate who worked on Warren’s campaign in 2012.

“She is one to watch,” another Democratic consultant said. “She’s running for the Boston City Council for the first time, but everybody is so impressed with her.”

If six-term Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, who is 58, decides to retire, Democrats say state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry would likely be a top contender for that seat. A Haitian-American, Dorcena Forry won a competitive special election for a state Senate seat long held by men.

In the 1st District, if 64-year-old Democratic Rep. Richard E. Neal were to step aside, Democrats say state Sen. Ben Downing would be the “immediate front-runner.”

“He’s smart as a whip and a nice guy who works like crazy and is a real progressive,” another Democratic operative said. “He clearly is in the next generation of great leaders.”

For Republicans in Massachusetts, the best shot at winning a congressional seat comes this cycle, in the 6th District against nine-term Democratic Rep. John F. Tierney. Tierney won his seat in 2012 by one of the slimmest margins in the country and will likely face former opponent Richard Tisei again in the midterms.

Tierney is facing a Democratic primary challenge from former Marine Seth Moulton and Marisa DeFranco, who lost in a primary to Warren in 2012. Tierney has faced ethics questions over his wife’s business dealings.

Republicans also argue that the 9th District, currently held by Democratic Rep. William Keating, is a competitive seat.

“That 9th District is something we’ve always had our eye on,” one Republican consultant said.

GOP operatives mentioned Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson as a potential Republican challenger for that seat, as well as failed GOP Senate special-election candidate Gabriel Gomez.

Farm Team is a weekly, state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress.

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