Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Rachael Rollins, former federal prosecutor and Patrick administration official, jumps in

THE RACE FOR Suffolk County district attorney is getting more crowded.

Rachael Rollins, an attorney with a broad resume ranging from work as a federal prosecutor to general counsel to Massport and both the MBTA and the state transportation department, said she will seek the Democratic nomination for the post.

Veteran Suffolk DA Dan Conley announced last month that he won’t seek another term this fall after 16 years on the job.

Rollins, a 47-year-old graduate of UMass Amherst and Northeastern University School of Law, becomes the fourth Democrat in the race. Defense attorney Shannon McAuliffe, who had been preparing to challenge Conley before his announcement, was the first one in. Also running for the post are state Rep. Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester and veteran Suffolk County prosecutor Greg Henning, who has also worked as a high school teacher. Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty said he’s considering making a run.

Rollins currently serves as chair of legal redress for the Boston NAACP. One recent change in Rollins’s biography: She moved earlier this month from her longtime home in Medford, which is in Middlesex County, to Roxbury, which sits squarely in Suffolk County.

No Republican has yet announced a run for the post in the heavily Democratic county, which is made up of Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere.

[This post was updated to include information from a Rollins spokeswoman that she recently moved to Boston.]

 

 

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Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.