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June 11, 2013

Kingston official mulls run for state treasurer

BOSTON — Plymouth County Treasurer Thomas O’Brien, who once served in the Massachusetts House, may seek a return to Beacon Hill in 2014 as he considers a statewide campaign for treasurer.

State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, has also publicly expressed interest in running for treasurer in 2014.

“I know this is somewhat cliché, but I have been asked by some people to give it serious consideration,” O’Brien told the News Service in a recent interview.

Much depends on whether Democrat and current state Treasurer Steven Grossman decides to enter the race for governor, a move that open up the treasurer’s job for the second time in four years.

O’Brien, a Kingston Democrat, was appointed country treasurer in 2006, and was elected to the post in the fall of 2008. He is up for re-election in 2014, which means he would have to choose between seeking re-election or throwing his hat into a statewide contest that has yet to take shape.

Prior to taking over the Plymouth County Treasury, O’Brien served in the House from 1997 through 2006 representing the 12 Plymouth District, including Kingston, Plympton and parts of Plymouth, Duxbury, Halifax, Carver and Middleborough.

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