The Senate Chair of Ways and Means, (the great and powerful) Steve Panagiotakos has announced that he will not be a candidate for re-election to his State Senate seat. This is a huge loss for his Senate District, and for the Commonwealth as well. Senator Panagiotakos has been, in my opinion, a truly outstanding Senator. As Chair of Ways and Means he has had his hand on the wheel during a truly difficult time for our Commonwealth, and has done a great job navigating the treacherous fiscal waters we are in. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Former Lowell Mayor Eileen Donoghue has announced that she will run for the vacant seat. Donoghue is a strong candidate, and the field appears to be clearing for her a bit, with Lowell Reps Tom Golden and Kevin Murphy announcing that they will run for re-election to the House rather than run for the Pangy seat.
And finally Phoenix political writer David Bernstein has penned a column speculating that UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will become, with the backing of the Governor, the President of the UMass system, replacing outgoing President Jack Wilson. And that would leave the job of Chancellor of UMass Lowell open for new Chancellor Steve Panagiotakos. No inside information here but Bernstein certainly paints a very plausible picture. Chancellor Panagiotakos. Has a nice ring to it.