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State Sen. Susan Fargo Not Seeking Ninth Term

Fargo, a Democrat, plans to retire at the end of her term.

State Sen. Susan Fargo has announced today that she is not seeking a ninth term to her seat, which includes Waltham.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my work in the Senate," Fargo said in a statement to Patch. "I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, and I think it's the right time for me to allow someone else to represent this amazing district."

Fargo occupies the 3rd Middlesex District seat, which includes Waltham, Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Weston and parts of Sudbury and Lexington.

, a Lexington resident who is running for Fargo's seat, hailed her decision.

"Susan's doing this so early in the year is a class act.  Her timing ensures the process will continue to provide voters a choice.  Now, other good candidates can join me in the field.  Susan is leaving public service the way she entered, with a special combination of toughness, eloquence and intelligence."

Fargo, the second longest serving woman in the state senate, was first elected in 1996 and has since served on several committees. She is currently the Senate Chairman for the Public Health Committee where she sponsored the 2004 law that banned smoking in the workplace. 

Fargo has also written other legislation including a bill that prohibits non-consensual video surveillance of individuals in lockers rooms and other sensitive areas. She also authored a bill that replaced 9,000 defective bulletproof vests worn by state and local police officers.

"Working in the Senate has been an outstanding experience, and I feel honored to have represented such an historically significant district. From the birthplace of America’s democracy in Lincoln, Lexington and Concord and to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution on the Charles River in Waltham, this district now leads the way in life sciences. I love that I have played a role in helping people be healthier."

Holly Pearson February 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Senator Fargo will be sorely missed. She is openminded, thoughtful and throughly devoted to her job. The State House will have one less legislator with compassion and integrity. She will be missed. Holly Pearson
x February 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Fargo has been a loyal liberal Democrat, steeped in the Massachusetts tradition. For an objective review of her performance on budget, spending and taxes check her rating on VoteSmart.org. If you believe voting for more taxes and more spending is 'thoroughly devoted', she has done a marvelous job. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
x February 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Check out her record on spending: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/13593/susan-fargo I you favour unbridled compassion, spending, unions and no fiscal restraint then no doubt you have been a very happy constituent. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Holly Pearson February 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Yes, Reverend, I prefer my compassion to be unbridled. Seeing things in black and white (taxes, unions...) is expedient but not helpful. Things seem out of control these days not because of compassionate governing. More likely it's due to the unbridled greed and selfishness of many in power and a constituency that is either not paying attention or feels it's too hopeless to participate. Holly Pearson
x February 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Sister Holly, None of us wish to disturb your ideals or your pristine view of the planet. Suggest you stop reading here. Others may wish to read on... "The problem in spending other people's money is that you eventually run out of it." Loosely translated from Margaret Thatcher. To see where unleashed compassion takes you... See California. See Greece. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III

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