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Westborough MP Donaghue could run against Boyd Conklin in 2024 election

WESTBOROUGH, MA — The 2024 presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be the most important race this November, but Massachusetts voters will also vote to elect (or re-elect) candidates for the state House of Representatives and Senate.

The deadline to file for state legislative seats ended Tuesday, providing a glimpse into the elections that will be voted on in November. Most of the state's senators and representatives will be re-elected unopposed.

The unopposed candidates in the Westborough area include Republican Representative Hannah Kane from Worcester's 11th District and Democratic Senator Michael Moore.

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However, state Rep. Kate Donaghue (D-Westborough), who is serving her first term, could face a challenge from Boyd Conklin, who ran in Westborough on a mission to “lull woke to sleep” and who has referred to members of the LGBTQ+ community as “the ABC people.” State records list Conklin as an unregistered candidate, but in a section asking candidates for a political designation, Conklin wrote, “Massachusetts Great Again.”

Donaghue was first elected in 2022 to represent the newly created 19th Worcester District. The district includes most of Westborough and Northborough, as well as parts of Southborough and Framingham.

Although the deadline for filing candidates passed on Tuesday, candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to withdraw their candidacy for the 2024 election.

Anna Harden

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