Former Lt. Gov. Healey Rules Out Senate Run

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Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey will not run in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by John Kerry’s resignation.

"While I am grateful for and value the advice of those who have been urging me to run, I have decided not to be a candidate in this race," she said in an email to WBUR's Fred Thys.

Healey, a Republican, was Mitt Romney's lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007.

Romney's son, Tagg Romney, who was said to be considering a Senate run, also opted against a bid on Monday.

Said Tagg Romney in a statement:

I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the US Senate. I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth. However, I am currently committed to my business and to spending as much time as I can with my wife and children. The timing is not right for me, but I am hopeful that the people of Massachusetts will select someone of integrity, vision, and compassion as our next US Senator.

Former Republican Gov. William Weld also said Monday he will not seek the seat.

The only declared Democratic candidates are U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch.

The primaries are set for April 30. The special election is scheduled for June 25.

Kerry resigned the seat to become U.S. secretary of state.

This program aired on February 4, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.