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S.16 SD1114 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by proposal, Senate, No. 16) of James B. Eldridge, Peter V. Kocot and Sonia Chang-Diaz for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to creating a progressive income tax. Revenue.
S.37 SD604 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 37) of James B. Eldridge, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Kay Khan, Linda Dorcena Forry and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.51 SD1034 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 51) of James B. Eldridge, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a education loan repayment program for social workers in areas of need . Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.64 SD1523 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 64) of Bruce E. Tarr, Bruce J. Ayers, Richard J. Ross, James E. Timilty and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect disabled persons from financial exploitation. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.93 HD1270 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 93) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others for legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.96 SD1100 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 96) of James B. Eldridge, Robert M. Koczera, Kay Khan, Thomas P. Conroy and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect the privacy of consumer financial information. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.135 HD364 By Representative O'Day of West Boylston and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 135) of James J. O'Day and others relative to housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.151 HD1379 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 151) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to assist people with disabilities in realizing their rights and exercising their responsibilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.173 SD1119 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 173) of James B. Eldridge, Sheila C. Harrington, Denise Andrews, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote efficiency and transparency in economic development . Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.174 SD1120 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 174) of James B. Eldridge, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., Mark C. Montigny, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to transparency of economic development spending. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.203 SD668 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 203) of Harriette L. Chandler, Jason M. Lewis, Bruce E. Tarr, Eileen M. Donoghue and other members of the General Court for legislation to involve youth in civic engagement. Education.
S.209 SD34 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 209) of Katherine M. Clark, Jason M. Lewis, John W. Scibak, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation realtive to healthy youth and sex education. Education.
S.223 SD765 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 223) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, Marc R. Pacheco, Harriette L. Chandler and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the quality in early education care centers. Education.
S.225 SD1642 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 225) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Patricia D. Jehlen, James B. Eldridge, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to English language programs in the Commonwealth's schools. Education.
S.291 SD878 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 291) of Patricia D. Jehlen, William N. Brownsberger, Martha M. Walz, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase the personal care allowance of residents of long-term care facilities. Elder Affairs.
S.327 SD1562 By Mr. Finegold, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 327) of Barry R. Finegold, Sal N. DiDomenico, Frank I. Smizik, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform election laws. Election Laws.
S.357 SD961 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 357) of James B. Eldridge, William N. Brownsberger, Jason M. Lewis, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation to require producer responsibility for collection reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.359 SD1112 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 359) of James B. Eldridge, Martha M. Walz, Thomas P. Conroy, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to plastic bag reduction. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.421 HD1260 By Representative Henriquez of Boston and Senator Brownsberger, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 421) of Carlos Henriquez, William N. Brownsberger and others for legislation to establish a comprehensive health education curriculum in the public schools. Education.
H.477 HD2656 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 477) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to improve quality in early education centers and providing better access to quality early education and care. Education.
S.515 SD1059 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 515) of James B. Eldridge, Jason M. Lewis, Martha M. Walz, William Smitty Pignatelli and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish Medicare for all in Massachusetts. Health Care Financing.
S.550 SD1442 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 550) of Richard T. Moore, Jason M. Lewis, Eileen M. Donoghue, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide coverage for tobacco use cessation under Commonwealth Care. Health Care Financing.
S.557 SD754 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 557) of Marc R. Pacheco, Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, Walter F. Timilty and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to patient safety. Health Care Financing.
S.572 SD875 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 572) of Daniel A. Wolf, Michael Barrett, Tom Sannicandro, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure effective health care cost control. Health Care Financing.
S.634 SD1288 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 634) of William N. Brownsberger, Gloria L. Fox, Denise Provost, Ruth B. Balser and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses. The Judiciary.
S.641 SD69 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 641) of Harriette L. Chandler, William N. Brownsberger, John W. Scibak, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to update public health laws. The Judiciary.
S.684 SD1204 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 684) of Cynthia S. Creem, Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to special juveniles. The Judiciary.
H.696 HD3089 By Ms. Ehrlich of Marblehead, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 696) of Lori A. Ehrlich and others for legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.741 SD1690 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 741) of Robert L. Hedlund, Thomas M. Stanley, Martha M. Walz, John P. Fresolo and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent animal cruelty. The Judiciary.
S.796 SD362 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 796) of Karen E. Spilka, Martha M. Walz, William N. Brownsberger, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information. The Judiciary.
H.803 HD1092 By Mr. Smizik of Brookline, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 803) of Frank I. Smizik and others for legislation to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.848 SD457 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 848) of Katherine M. Clark, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Kenneth I. Gordon, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to an employee protection act. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.858 SD782 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 858) of James B. Eldridge, Benjamin B. Downing, Marc R. Pacheco, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish uniform wage compliance and recordkeeping. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.878 SD752 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 878) of Marc R. Pacheco, Daniel A. Wolf, Michael D. Brady, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the minimum wage. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.900 SD861 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 900) of Daniel A. Wolf, Patricia D. Jehlen, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish earned paid sick time. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.941 SD588 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 941) of James B. Eldridge, Eileen M. Donoghue, Denise Andrews, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.985 SD1392 By Mr. Barrett, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 985) of Michael Barrett, Carlos Henriquez, Jason M. Lewis, Kenneth I. Gordon and other members of the General Court for legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the Commonwealth. Public Health.
S.992 SD103 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 992) of Harriette L. Chandler, John W. Scibak, Karen E. Spilka, Mark C. Montigny and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to adult dental restoration. Public Health.
S.994 SD459 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 994) of Harriette L. Chandler, Mark C. Montigny, John W. Scibak, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the enhanced management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients. Public Health.
S.1051 SD1381 By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1051) of Mark C. Montigny, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Patricia D. Jehlen, Danielle W. Gregoire and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent undue influence on prescriber behavior . Public Health.
S.1070 SD1391 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1070) of Richard T. Moore, Michael O. Moore, Anne M. Gobi, Timothy R. Madden and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the modernization of optometric patient care. Public Health.
H.1077 HD2639 By Mr. Pignatelli of Lenox, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1077) of William Smitty Pignatelli and others for legislation to establish a student loan repayment pilot program to be administered by the Board of Higher Education for licensed social workers. Higher Education.
S.1081 SD1463 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1081) of Richard T. Moore, Daniel A. Wolf, Mary S. Keefe, Christine E. Canavan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to certified professional midwives. Public Health.
S.1108 SD879 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1108) of Daniel A. Wolf, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Cleon H. Turner, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to limit outsourcing of the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce. Public Health.
H.1127 HD3170 By Mr. Honan of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1127) of Kevin G. Honan and others for legislation to provide financing for the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents. Housing.
S.1139 SD1428 By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1139) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Ellen Story, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Benjamin Swan and other members of the General Court for legislation to reduce health care costs through extraordinary medical placement. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1468 SD944 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1468) of Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger, Michael F. Rush, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to a boat house land lease in the city of Boston. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1469 SD931 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1469) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Kay Khan, James E. Timilty, Sonia Chang-Diaz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to flying flags at half-staff upon the death of a police officer or firefighter. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1472 SD1023 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1472) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Christopher G. Fallon, Peter V. Kocot, James J. O'Day and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to state contracting. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1575 SD1279 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1575) of Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger, James B. Eldridge, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to community access to energy efficiency programs and green jobs. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1588 SD522 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1588) of Cynthia S. Creem, Benjamin B. Downing, Daniel A. Wolf, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to update the bottle bill . Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.1589 HD1172 By Messrs. Rushing of Boston and Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1589) of Byron Rushing, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations. The Judiciary.
S.1638 SD199 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1638) of William N. Brownsberger, Denise Provost, Patricia D. Jehlen, Christopher M. Markey and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to driver's licenses. Transportation.
S.1639 SD723 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1639) of William N. Brownsberger, Denise Provost, David M. Rogers, Jonathan Hecht and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect vulnerable road users. Transportation.
S.1640 SD731 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1640) of William N. Brownsberger, Denise Provost, David M. Rogers, Jonathan Hecht and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes. Transportation.
S.1643 SD671 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1643) of Harriette L. Chandler, Gale D. Candaras, Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to motor vehicle license suspension. Transportation.
H.1674 HD578 By Represenative Walsh of Boston and Senator Hart, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1674) of Martin J. Walsh, John A. Hart and others relative to national criminal offender record information checks for persons working with individuals served by the Department of Mental Retardation. The Judiciary.
H.1684 HD1014 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1684) of Martha M. Walz and others for legislation to further define privacy protections for personal electronic information. The Judiciary.
H.1766 HD517 By Ms. Story of Amherst and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1766) of Ellen Story and others for legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing, and harrassment, without regard to protected class status. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1767 HD968 By Ms. Story of Amherst and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1767) of Ellen Story and others for legislation to further define comparable work. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.1819 Text of amendment number (30) relative to real lives offered by Ms. Clark, Ms. Spilka, Ms. O'Connor Ives, Ms. Chang-Diaz and Mr. Joyce to the Ways and Means amendment (Senate, No. 3)
S.1825 Text of amendment number (222) updating the bottle bill offered by Ms. Creem to the Ways and Means amendment (Senate, No. 3)
S.1880 SD1896 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James B. Eldridge, Therese Murray, Bruce E. Tarr, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the Senate for legislation to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.1953 HD3084 By Ms. Fox of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1953) of Gloria L. Fox, Sonia Chang-Diaz and Michael O. Moore establishing a high containment biological research laboratory health and safety program by the Department of Public Health. Public Health.
H.2008 HD446 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2008) of Kay Khan and others relative to certified professional midwives. Public Health.
H.2018 HD683 By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2018) of Jason M. Lewis and others for legislation to define modest meals and refreshments involving pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing companies and health care practitioners. Public Health.
H.2029 HD1307 By Ms. Malia of Boston and Senator Keenan, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2029) of Elizabeth A. Malia, John F. Keenan and others relative to the certification of alcohol and drug free housing by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health. Public Health.
H.2071 HD2689 By Messrs. Sánchez of Boston and Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2071) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Public Health.
H.2593 HD2701 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2593) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to increase the tobacco excise tax, supplement the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and reduce youth tobacco consumption. Revenue.
H.2629 HD686 By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2629) of Jay R. Kaufman and others for legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses. Revenue.
H.2672 HD2138 By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2672) of Aaron Michlewitz and others relative to providing for tax credits for certain same sex couples. Revenue.
H.2687 HD1359 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2687) of James J. O'Day and others relative to the taxation of certain income. Revenue.
H.2806 HD1313 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2806) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others for legislation to promote purchasing from social enterprises by governmental bodies. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2898 HD599 By Mr. Walsh of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2898) of Martin J. Walsh and others for legislation to prohibit the Commonwealth from contracting with companies that do not comply with federal regulations for the certification of minerals originating in the Congo. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2943 HD1105 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2943) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to include noncarbonated non-alcoholic beverages in the bottle law, so-called. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2979 HD2647 By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2979) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to energy efficiency programs and green jobs. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.3142 HD2619 By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3142) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to the establishment of a vehicle mileage user fee pilot program by the Department of Transportation. Transportation.
H.3185 HD1876 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by resolution, House, No. 3185) of Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang-Diaz for adoption of resolutions by the General Court memorializing the Federal Census Bureau to provide redistricting data that counts prisoners in a manner consistent with the principles of “One Person, One Vote”. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.3253 HD2678 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3253) of David Paul Linsky and others relative to further regulating the licensing, sale and possession of firearms and increasing the tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.3460 HD3615 By Representative Cronin of Easton and Senator Kennedy, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Claire D. Cronin, Thomas Kennedy and others relative to providing for home modifications and moving expenses for certain victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.3503 HD3612 By Mr. Puppolo of Springfield, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and others relative to the issuance of "Boston Strong" motor vehicle registration plates. Transportation.
H.3596 HD3698 By Mr. Winslow of Norfolk, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Daniel B. Winslow and others for legislation to reduce sexual exploitation of victims of human trafficking. The Judiciary.

Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her second term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of the Boston neighborhoods of Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Dorchester, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, and the South End.

Senator Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. She is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, CORI reform, access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities, and for those affected by foreclosures, hate crimes, and youth violence. She has also been a strong voice for sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Senator Chang-Díaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and the Vice Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities, Municipalities & Regional Government, and the Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development committees, and the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets.

Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Díaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems, where she learned first-hand the challenges facing our public school students, teachers, and parents and the role our state government can play in improving our educational system. Senator Chang-Díaz has also worked in public service as a Senior Legislative Aide to former state Senator Cheryl Jacques, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Office, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.

Senator Chang-Díaz was raised on the idea that leadership, at its heart, is about service. It is a value deeply rooted in her family’s long tradition of public service. A single parent, Chang-Díaz's mother raised her and her sister while dedicating her career to those most forgotten in our society: from adults with mental illness, to foster children in need of loving families, to at-risk toddlers and infants in Dorchester. Her father, an immigrant to the United States from Costa Rica, was our country’s first Latin American astronaut. Her sister is a teacher. And her grandfather has been recognized as one of the country’s most committed rural doctors. Senator Chang-Díaz currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels church in Roxbury.

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  • University of Virginia, BA in Political & Social Thought
  • Mass. Senate (2009-present)
Second Suffolk -- Consisting of the city of Boston, ward 3, precinct 7, ward 4, precincts 1, 3 and 4, ward 8, ward 9, ward 10, ward 11, ward 12, ward 13, precincts 1, 2 and 4, ward 14, precincts 1, 3, 6 to 11, inclusive, ward 18, precincts 7, 8, 11, 12, 14 and 22 and ward 19, precincts 1 to 9, inclusive, in the county of Suffolk.

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