A special election has been set to fill the state Senate seat held by Steven Tolman, who resigned to become president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
Tolman, a Boston Democrat, represented portions of Boston and Cambridge along with the towns of Belmont and Watertown.
Secretary of State William Galvin said a primary election will be held in the district on Dec. 13, followed by the special election on Jan. 10.
One complication for potential candidates: The district could change somewhat in the next year due to legislative redistricting required by population changes in the latest U.S. Census.
Tolman was in his seventh term when he resigned. His final vote was Thursday in favor of a casino gambling bill.
This program aired on October 14, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.