Bourne Selectman Jared P. MacDonald will not be running for the state Senate seat recently vacated by Viriato M. (Vinny) deMacedo. Mr. MacDonald said he has withdrawn from the race after missing the deadline for submitting his nomination papers to the Bourne Town Clerk’s office.
“I’ve just got too much stuff going on,” he said, “and too little time to get everything done.”
The deadline for submitting papers was Tuesday, January 21. The primary vote is set for March 3, the same day as the state presidential primary. The general election will be held March 31.
Mr. MacDonald, who was running as a Republican, was part of a large field of candidates from both parties. The other Republicans in the race are Bourne attorney James R. McMahon III and Jesse Brown of Plymouth.
On the Democratic side, candidates include Susan L. Moran of Falmouth, Thomas W. Moakley of Falmouth, John A. Stanton of Sandwich, John T. Mahoney Jr. of Plymouth, and Rebecca W. Coletta of Pembroke.
Mr. MacDonald said he is not finished with state politics. He said he intends to run for the same state Senate seat when it comes up for reelection.
“I anticipate running for this seat in next year’s election,” he said. “I’ll start campaigning in the fall like everyone else.”
Mr. deMacedo announced last October that he was resigning from the state Senate to take a position as director of regional partnerships at Bridgewater State University. He was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2018 and previously served eight terms in the state House of Representatives.
The person elected will fill out Mr. deMacedo’s unfinished term, which ends in 2021. The district that the candidate will represent encompasses Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich in Barnstable County, and Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth in Plymouth County.
Mr. MacDonald, 49, is a US Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. He also served in the US Coast Guard and spent 18 years as a patrolman with the Bourne Police Department.
It was as a police officer that he was shot in the line of duty during a shooting rampage in Monument Beach in February 2015. He was wounded in the back and spent a month recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The incident forced him to retire from the police department.
A self-employed electrician and carpenter, Mr. MacDonald is in his second year as a selectman after being elected to the board in May 2018. He said that in the time he has served as a selectman, he has grown to like the political arena. A seat on the state level, he said, would be the next best step.
“I’ve been told by a lot of people that I have a place in politics,” he said.