Republican Sean Bielat ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Rep. Barney Frank in 2010. Despite losing by 11 points, the former Marine's challenge put Frank in one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his nearly three decades in office.
Now, Bielat faces yet another tough election against a big political name: Joe Kennedy III.
Bielat told WBUR's Bob Oakes back in April that while he knew was probably going to be out-raised by Kennedy, he still felt he had a solid chance of winning.
"The media I think is very interested in [Kennedy] because it’s an interesting story," Bielat said. "But I think for voters it’s a lot less important."
In another interview with WBUR, Bielat said he feels his 2010 run against Frank helped level the playing field for Republicans in the state.
"We started something in 2010, and in a state that’s been basically single-party for so long, I think it takes more than one cycle to get enough people to come around and consider another party, another alternative," Bielat said.
Bielat currently lives in Norfolk and runs the political social networking startup OneClickPolitics.com. He holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business and degrees from Harvard and Georgetown University.
We'll talk to Bielat about why he thinks he's the best representative for the newly drawn district.
- Sean Bielat, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District
This segment aired on October 22, 2012.