(MyFoxBoston.com) – Sen. Ed Markey assumed office just a few months ago, leaving his congressional seat up for grabs.
The primary election in the 5th Congressional District is just five days away, and the field is crowded with both Democrats and Republicans.
The district, which stretches from Winthrop and Woburn all the way to Holliston and Southboro, is heavily Democratic.
Seven Democrats are looking to fill Markey's post, including state Senator Katherine Clark who just received the endorsement of The Boston Globe. Additionally, a poll she released just a few days ago has her leading the pack.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, another Democrat, just received the endorsement of House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Koutoujian is a former state representative, and the two served together for years. The move could prove to be a big boost for Koutoujian, especially when it comes to fundraising.
State Senator Karen Spilka, state Representative Carl Sciortino, and state Senator William Brownsberger are also among the Democratic pack seeking Markey's seat.
In addition to the seven Democratic candidates, there are three Republicans running: Harvard physicist Mike Stopa, actuary Tom Tierney, and attorney Frank Addivinolla.
The primary will be held Oct. 15. The actual special election is set for Dec. 10.
The turnout is expected to be low.