Mass. Dem. Senator Going for Daddy’s Job for Big Bucks!

Sen. Timilty Will Pursue County Clerk Post

Moran, Pacheco, Timilty Exits Creating Political Opportunity South Of Boston

Sen. Walter Timilty
Sen. Walter Timilty speaks at a committee hearing on June 26, 2018.

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 11, 2024…..Sen. Walter Timilty III will shift gears this campaign season and run for the county job his father currently holds, opening up another Senate seat in southeastern Massachusetts.

Timilty confirmed his plans to the News Service after Politico first reported them Monday, citing an anonymous source.

The Milton Democrat’s run for Norfolk County clerk of courts, a post held since 2001 by his father, Walter Timilty Jr., creates a wide-open race in a third contiguous Senate seat in this fall’s elections.

Voters will now be making fresh choices for state Senate in a geographic swath stretching from Timilty’s Milton, through Sen. Marc Pacheco’s Taunton-area district, down to Sen. Susan Moran’s territory that runs from Plymouth to upper Cape Cod.

Timilty is set to face Clerk Magistrate Robert Jubinville, a former Governor’s Council member and longtime criminal defense lawyer, in the Democratic primary.

Jubinville told the News Service on Monday that he had already collected enough nomination signatures for the Norfolk post. He currently works as clerk magistrate of Framingham District Court, a job for which he was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker at the end of 2022.

As part of his former law practice, Jubinville said he worked more frequently in the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham than in other Superior Court locations, and the Dedham job is closer to his Milton home.

“All of the people there … were so good to me over the years, helping me whenever I had some issue. They were invaluable to me. I like them an awful lot in that building,” he said, adding that he learned “a lot about being a clerk” since leaving the Governor’s Council for his Framingham clerkship.

Jubinville said he “would’ve run for this years ago if it was open,” and decided to pull papers when he heard “rumors that it was coming up.”

Timilty, currently serving his fourth term in the Senate following 18 years in the House, said he picked up his nomination papers Monday to run for clerk of courts. He had previously pulled nomination papers to run for another Senate term, according to Secretary William Galvin’s office.

His father “recently” decided to retire due to health reasons, Timilty said, adding that Walter Timilty Jr. had created a “great legacy” in the office.

“My father is my role model in life,” Timilty said. “… I am someone who works seven days a week and generally six nights, happily. Public service is my vocation.”

Currently co-chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, he has also co-chaired the joint committees on Veterans Affairs and State Administration during his seven years in the Senate.

“First and foremost, what has attracted me to this work is, as the clerk of courts, you can have a great impact on people’s lives throughout Norfolk County and beyond,” he told the News Service.

Multiple lawmakers have turned their attention to court jobs this election cycle.  Sen. Susan Moran is running for Barnstable County Superior Court clerk, and Rep. Daniel Carey is running for Hampshire County clerk of courts.

Timilty comes from a South Shore political family that includes his cousin, former Sen. James Timilty, who resigned from the Senate in 2017 to take a county-level job as Norfolk County treasurer.

Another cousin, Kelly Timilty, served on the Governor’s Council and twice fended off primary challenges from Jubinville before she died in 2012. Jubinville won the 2012 election to represent Council District 2, a seat that has sat vacant since 2023 when he left to work in Framingham.

Two other candidates have pulled papers to run for the Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol Senate seat, according to the state secretary’s office: Republican Brian Muello and Democrat Kathleen Camara.

The Senate district includes Milton, Stoughton, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Easton, and parts of Braintree and Randolph.

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