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January 23, 2014

Tisei reported to announce congressional run today

Richard Tisei, the former Republican state senator who nearly knocked off John Tierney in a hotly contested race for Congress two years ago, is expected to announce his 2014 candidacy for the same seat today, according to the State House News Service.

Tisei is scheduled to make a “major announcement” at 2 p.m. at the Wakefield Americal Civic Center in his hometown of Wakefield, according to a press release.

Tisei did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Tisei lost to Tierney by one percent of the vote in 2012 and was widely expected to run again after forming an exploratory committee in October.

Tierney, in his ninth term representing the Sixth District in Congress, also plans to run for re-election. The Salem Democrat will face two challengers in the Democratic primary: Seth Moulton, a businessman and former Marine from Marblehead, and Marisa DeFranco, an immigration attorney from Middleton.

Tisei served in the Massachusetts state legislature for 26 years, including a stint as the Republican Minority Leader. He left the legislature to run for lieutenant governor as Charlie Baker’s running mate in 2010.

Tisei runs a local real estate firm with his partner, Bernie Starr, whom he married in July.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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