BOSTON — With U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton increasingly on the road as he campaigns for president, potential candidates back home are beginning to make plans to run for his seat should Moulton become the Democratic nominee, or even if he doesn't.
Add a new name to the list: Angus McQuilken.
McQuilken, a former communications specialist for Planned Parenthood and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, told the News Service Tuesday that he is considering running for Congress, and plans to spend the summer "on the circuit" meeting with Democratic voters as he explores a run.
He has already spoken to the Democratic town committees in Ipswich, Topsfield, Danvers Wakefield and Reading.
"I'm considering becoming a candidate," McQuilken told the News Service. "Real frankly, it stems from frustration with the lack of progress in Washington on issues that I know the people of the 6th District care about, but aren't being paid attention to."
McQuilken, 49, wouldn't say if he would run against Moulton if the congressman decides to seek his House seat again in 2020, but did not rule it out either.
"A lot can happen in a year. I like Seth Moulton. I'm not announcing here that I'm considering a primary challenge. I'm considering running for this office," he said.
McQuilken now works on life science business development for the Boston law firm McDermott Will and Emery. He has a "six-point plan for the Sixth" that includes reducing gun violence, supporting economic development, improving health care quality and affordability, reducing student debt, fighting climate change and improving public transit.
McQuilken worked as an aide in the state Senate to former Sen. Cheryl Jacques, before running and losing state Senate races twice in 2004 to Scott Brown in his only other campaigns for public office. He has also co-founded the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and served as deputy communications director for the 2004 Democratic National Convention that took place in Boston when the party nominated John Kerry for president.
He now lives in Topsfield.
Other people considering campaigns for Moulton's seat in the House include Rep. Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead, former state Sen. Barbara L'Italien of Andover and Salem State University trustee Jamie Zahlaway Belsito of Topsfield, who has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll's name has also been floated, though she has said she won't run against Moulton, and the Boston Globe recently reported that former Congressman John Tierney was considering a run for his old seat that he lost to Moulton.