Arthur Desloges is running for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Plymouth district in the Massachusetts House.

The seat is open because its current occupant, Republican State Rep. Matthew Muratore, is running for the State Senate.  

Desloges, a Plymouth resident, will face off against Plymouth School Committee member Michelle Badger and local businessman Scott Hokanson for the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 3 primary.

Dee Wallace Spencer, a lecturer at Northeastern University, is running for the Republican nomination.

The 1st district includes all of Plymouth except for downtown and North Plymouth, which are in the 12th Plymouth district, represented by Kingston Democrat Kathleen LaNatra.

Desloges served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana before a career as Citibank executive.

“After retiring, my wife and I fell in love with Plymouth,” Desloges said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “However, our life of happiness was not to be. I lost my son and wife to tragedies. This has given me a North Star. So, I dedicated myself to public service.”

Desloges is a Plymouth Town Meeting member and recent legislative intern at the State House.

He said his priorities as a state representative would include “progress on the issues of a quality education for all including a higher education, livable and affordable communities, behavioral health, climate change, and social equity.”

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