Michael Day, a Stoneham Democrat who works at a major Boston law firm, said Monday — not long after Republican Sen. Richard Tisei's announcement that he would run for lieutenant governor — that he will be running for state Senate.
Michael Day, a Stoneham Democrat who works at a major Boston law firm, said Monday — not long after Republican state Sen. Richard Tisei's announcement that he would run for lieutenant governor — that he will be running for state Senate.
Back in early September, Day, 36, made an announcement that he was “seriously considering” a run against Tisei, who will now no longer seek re-election in November 2010.
“I’m in,” Day said. “I haven’t made a formal announcement, but I made my mind up a while ago. I was traveling around, speaking to people in the district. I sat down with my wife and we discussed it and decided to go for it.”
Day said he was not planning on making the announcement until sometime after the U.S. Senate race was over in January.
“That’s the race people are focused on and should be focused on,” Day said, adding that he will not pull papers until sometime next spring. “So there’s time there.”
A Woburn native, Day graduated from UMass Amherst and eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked full-time while attending law school at night. He moved back to Massachusetts in 2003, settling in Stoneham in 2004.
Day now works as a litigator at Mintz Levin in Boston and serves on the firm’s pro bono committee and in its domestic violence initiative, according to the firm’s Web site. He previously worked as a special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, and is a member of the Stoneham Democratic Town Committee.
“I expected to be running against Sen. Tisei. And I was the only person I knew of that was willing to take the seat,” he said. “This just shows how quickly things can change in politics.”
“People, and I agree, think we need new direction up at Beacon Hill. We need a new voice and new leadership. Everyone’s hurting; no one’s better off today than they were the day before. As for solutions, all we seem to be getting is the same old rhetoric and same old arguments. I don’t think more of the same is going to cut it. I think we need strong, independent voices up there, and that’s what I plan to bring.”