Primary to be held for vacant Mass. House seat


A special primary election is on tap in a legislative district in southeastern Massachusetts.

Voters on Tuesday will be choosing among candidates to succeed state Rep. Stephen Canessa, a New Bedford Democrat who resigned in June to take a job with SouthCoast Health System.

The three Democrats on the ballot are former Lakeville selectman Nancy Yeatts; Middleborough selectman Allin Frawley; and Middleborough resident Roger Brunelle.

Lakeville selectman Derek Maksy and Keiko Orrall, also a Lakeville resident, are vying for the Republican nomination.

Turnout is expected to be light.

The respective primary winners will square off in a special election on Sept. 20.

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