Weeks after squeaking past Representative Nick Collins in the primary, Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry mopped up nearly 82 percent of the vote against her Republican rival during the special election earlier this week.
The special election victory means the Dorchester Democrat who was first elected to the House in 2005 will join 39 senators, necessitating a rearranging of portfolios in both branches. Forry is House co-chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business along with Senate co-chair Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell). Her predecessor in the Senate seat, Jack Hart, had risen to the position of majority whip, a title now held by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).
Forry’s departure from the lower chamber will likely herald the elevation of one of the roughly 90 House Democrats who hold neither positions in leadership nor chairmanships. Because of the smaller number of senators, members from both parties tend to hold either chairmanships or positions of leadership.
The House will also likely set a date for another special election, to fill the seat Forry is giving up to move to the Senate. Forry won 7,858 votes, enough to beat Republican Joe Ureneck, chairman of the Fatherhood Coalition, but less than she’d received in a prior Democratic primary vote.