BOSTON -- Governor's Councilor Jennie Caissie is "seriously thinking about" a run for U.S. Senate, she told reporters Wednesday.

The Republican from Oxford, whose district includes the communities of Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg, Townsend, Ashby, Lancaster, Westminster and Ashburnham, said she has spoken with a number of people about a run.

Cassie, who has a baby at home, said that "family is first" and said she would need to consider that before deciding whether to enter the race.

"If I ran, I would run to win. I wouldn't run just to get my name out there. It would consume me," Cassie said.

Other potential Republican candidates include Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk, Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. Cassie said she isn't satisfied with the current stable of Republicans considering campaigns.

"At this point, no. There really isn't anybody out there at this point," she said.

While she is not well known around Massachusetts, Caissie said coming from Worcester County would be an advantage in a statewide race and said she would reach out within Worcester County for help collecting the 10,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

"You need a good couple of weeks, but you need to hightail it," Cassie said. Cassie added it would be wonderful for the state to have a fresh voice in Washington to deal with partisan gridlock.

-- STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE


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