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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."

x February 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
This can only be good news. Fargo never saw a tax or expenditure she did not like. No matter who replaces her, we will stay neutral, perhaps gain ground in fiscal responsibility. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Janet Beyer February 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Susan Fargo has been a responsive and responsible senator. She is attentive to her constituents, has risen to the top of her committees, understands and can easily and cogently explain the workings of the state hour. I will miss her very much and hope someone as knowledgeable about the district and its issues will replace her.
x February 11, 2012 at 03:33 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 'responsive and responsible', she has done a marvelous job. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Janet Beyer February 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Pimberton, where do you vote? Are you in Fargo's district? I am and we like her.
x February 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Sister Janet, Yes, I'm in her district. 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

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