Middlesex DA to face challenge from court officialAP , Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2013 5:30 PM ET
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Michael Sullivan, clerk of courts for Middlesex County, said he planned to run for Middlesex District Attorney, setting the stage for a contested Democratic primary next fall with incumbent DA Marian Ryan.
Sullivan, 54, told the Lowell Sun (http://bit.ly/Jrr3je ) that he planned to make a formal announcement of his candidacy early next year.
A former city councilor and mayor of Cambridge, Sullivan has been the elected court clerk since 2007. He said his experience would make him a strong candidate for district attorney.
"I decided to run based upon my own personal background," said Sullivan, who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 1998. "It's something I always wanted to do... I believe I have what it takes to reclaim and reignite what had traditionally been a strong office."
He said he has known Ryan since the 1980s when they worked together in the prosecutor's office and considers her a friend.
Ryan, 58, is seeking election to a full four-year term after being appointed earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to fill out the remainder of Gerard Leone's term as district attorney after Leone resigned to join a private law firm.
Ryan said she welcomed Sullivan to the race and was looking forward "to a spirited campaign in the year ahead about the best ways to protect and serve the residents of Middlesex County."
The county is the most populous in the state, bringing a high political profile to the top prosecutor's post. Martha Coakley, Thomas Reilly and Scott Harshbarger, the three Middlesex district attorneys who served prior to Leone, all went on to be elected attorney general of Massachusetts.
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com