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March 18, 2014

Harrington won't seek state representative seat

SALEM — Grace Harrington is not running for state representative from Salem.

The chief of staff to state Rep. John Keenan and daughter of former Mayor Neil Harrington said she has decided not to seek the seat being vacated by her boss.

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to seriously consider running, and I’ve decided it’s not the best time for me,” said Harrington, 25. “I owe it to myself to finish law school strong and to take the bar (exam) this summer.”

Harrington is in her final year at New England Law in Boston.

The only announced candidates for the seat Keenan has held for 10 years are police Chief Paul Tucker and Daniel Morris, a member of the Libertarian Party and a Salem State student.

Last month, Keenan announced he will not seek a sixth term.

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